SURREY — Two more losses put a discouraging cap on a dismal month of October for the defending B.C. Hockey League champion Surrey Eagles last weekend.
The Eagles were nipped 3-2 by the Chiefs in Chilliwack Saturday night before returning home Sunday where they were dumped 5-3 by a skeleton crew of West Kelowna Warriors.
The latest losses left the Eagles with just two wins and a tie to show for 10 games in the month of October.
"Both of those games were winnable," said Eagles coach Peter Schaefer. "Chilliwack has had some struggles this year and West Kelowna is missing nine players with injuries and (World Junior A Challenge) tryouts right now. Consistency is a problem for us right now. We want to have an identity as a team and no matter who is in or out of the lineup, we should play the same kind of game. Even if we are missing some guys, we should not get outworked and right now, we're just giving teams the game.
"We had a work day Monday and we're going to continue to work until we find a way out of this."
In Chilliwack Saturday, Surrey trailed 2-0 in the second period before pulling even on goals by Joseph Drapluk and Brett Mulcahy. The comeback was derailed in the third period when the Eagles surrendered a short-handed goal in to fall 3-2 to the Chiefs.
Back at South Surrey Arena Sunday, the Eagles coughed up two points to a short-staffed West Kelowna team playing its third road game in as many nights.
Surrey held a 3-2 lead after two periods only to have the Warriors strike for three unanswered goals in the final frame to pull out the win.
Mulcahy, Kale Bennett and Austin Ferguson provided the goals for Surrey.
There is some help coming for the Eagles as forwards Braedan Russell and Nathan Renouf are both due back from injury next week.
"Having those guys back will be a big boost," Schaefer said. "It'll help our depth and take the pressure off some of the other guys who are in the line up now."
The Eagles have two home games this weekend, Friday against Prince George and Saturday versus Alberni Valley. Game time both nights is 7 p.m.
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