Surrey teams could only muster and single win while North Delta's Hurricanes found themselves sidelined by frost as the Vancouver Metro Soccer League's premier division mushed their way through a miserable January weekend.
The defending provincial champion Surrey United Firefighters were the only local team to collect points on the weekend as they outlasted cellar-dwelling Vancouver Olympics 4-2 on the road Friday night.
Surrey coach Rob Reed said the result was a welcome one following a discouraging loss to the Hurricanes the previous week.
"It was a good bounce-back win for us because every point matters," Reed said. "There's only four games left in the season and cup play starts soon so now is the time of the year when you want to start getting on a bit of a roll again. The Olympics are a decent team and they beat West Van the week before so we had to be ready for a difficult game because they are hungry for points."
Surrey needed just 25 minutes to build a 2-0 lead thanks to clinical finishing by forward Angus Burke and midfielder Colin Streckmann. The Olympics battled back and managed to halve the Firefighters' lead with a goal shortly before the break.
That late marker did not turn into a full blown comeback as Surrey re-established their two-goal advantage when Burke set up Sean Einarsson in the slot for what turned out to be the game winner early in the second half.
The Olympics refused to concede and managed to within a goal before Burke settled the matter with his second of the evening in the final 10 minutes of play.
Burke's two goals vaulted him into top spot in the VMSL's Golden Boot standings.
Elsewhere, Newton's ICST Pegasus couldn't bask long in the afterglow of their big win over league-leading Columbus on Jan. 11.
The Horsemen were brought back to reality with a 2-0 loss to Estrella de Chile Friday in Burnaby.
Newton's CCBTU Rovers' slump has now turned into a full-blown power-dive, as the former premier league leaders were upended 2-0 by Norvan Pacific. The Rovers have collected just a single point in their last eight outings.
Perhaps the biggest winner of the weekend was the Delta United Hurricanes, who avoided a massive injury risk when their Sunday game with Croatia was called off due to heavy frost.