The Surrey Eagles broke out of a mini scoring slump by blasting the host Langley Rivermen 7-3 in a rare Tuesday night B.C. Hockey League match.
Heading into the game, the Eagles had scored six goals in their previous three games - two overtime wins and a 2-1 loss to Chilliwack. Surrey almost matched that total in the second period alone in Langley, striking four times to turn a 2-1 deficit into a comfortable 5-2 lead.
"We were down a goal after one period and then we hit the urgency button and scored four in the second," joked Eagles coach Matt Erhart. "To be honest, I thought we were the better team in the first period, but they capitalized on their chances in the first minute and the last minute to take the lead. In the second we got on the forecheck, forced some turnovers and scored a couple of power-play goals to build a healthy lead.
We scored four goals in the span of 10 minutes. Once we got the first couple of goals, everybody was feeling good about themselves and we kind of rolled from there."
The win was the third road victory in a row for Surrey, who has now amassed an impressive 8-1-0-1 record in the month of November.
Leading the way for the Eagles in Langley was forward Brady Shaw, who collected first star honours after bagging three goals and adding a pair of assists.
Acquired near the end of October from Coquitlam in exchange for former captain Brandon Morley, Shaw has had a big impact in the Eagles nest with 10 goals and nine assists in 13 games. In Langley Tuesday, Shaw and linemates Drew Best (one goal, three assists) and Brett Mulcahy (one assist) combined for 10 points in the romp over the Rivermen. Stefan Burzan, Craig Wyszomirski and Nicolas Pierog also scored for Surrey.
The Eagles return to the ice at South Surrey Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. when they host the Coquitlam Express. The game is also Teddy Bear Toss Night and fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed toy to throw on the ice following the first Surrey goal of the night.
The stuffed critters will then be donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
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