SURREY — It was another lost weekend for the Surrey Eagles as the defending B.C. Hockey League champions watched their losing skid grow to five games with two more setbacks.
The Eagles showed some scoring touch on Friday night when they fell 6-4 to the visiting Powell River Kings at South Surrey Arena, but the goals dried up again the following night in Langley where the Birds were plucked 3-1 by the host Rivermen.
"That's how it goes - you're either streaking or you're slumping," said Surrey coach Peter Schaefer. "If you're streaking you want to stay on it and if you're slumping you want to get off it. I thought we played out two best games of the season but in the end, we didn't get the results we wanted. It's a process and we're confident that once we get everyone back, if we play this style of game we'll win more games than we lose."
Against Powell River Friday, a disastrous second period spelled doom for the Eagles' chances against the surging Kings. Surrey led 2-1 after the opening period only to surrender three unanswered goals in the middle frame. The Eagles tried to battle back in the third period but the Kings were content to match Surrey goal for goal to close out the win.
Joseph Drapluk scored once and set up another for Surrey while solo markers came from Nicolas Pierog, Brett Mulcahy and Mitchell Fyffe.
On Saturday night the Eagles headed to Langley where they turned in a solid effort in a 3-1 loss to the Mainland Division-leading Rivermen.
After a scoreless first period, Fyffe opened the scoring for Surrey in the second period only to have Langley answer five minutes later.
Langley connected on the powerplay early in the final frame before sealing the win with an empty netter.
"That was an encouraging game for us," Schaefer said. "We had more energy and battled harder than Langley but obviously didn't get the end result we wanted. Langley is a top team and we played even with them. For us the big thing right now is getting everybody healthy so we can play the way we want to."
The Eagles shored up their goaltending with a midweek trade with the Brooks Bandits of the Albert Junior Hockey League.
The Eagles have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Devon Fordyce from the Brooks in exchange for the playing rights to defenceman Zane Schartz.
Fordyce started the season with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, but played the majority of the season with the Brooks Bandits of the. He played in 13 games with Brooks and posted a 1.61 goals against average in 785 minutes of action.
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