SURREY — Despite a tough schedule of two games 16 hours apart, the Surrey Eagles managed to record a split of their two games at the B.C. Hockey League Showcase in Chilliwack last weekend.
The showcase event is now in its second year and has proven to be a big success with hockey scouts. The format brings all 16 teams in the league to Chilliwack for the weekend. Each team plays two games with the points counting in the regular season standings.
The Eagles opened defence of their BCHL championship with a 3-0 win over the West Kelowna Warriors Friday night. Surrey was back on the ice at 11:30 Saturday morning where they hung with the Vernon Vipers for 10 minutes before surrendering a flurry of late goals to fall 7-3. "I was pretty happy with the showcase overall with the teams we played," said Surrey coach Peter Schaefer. "Obviously the short turnover on the second game was difficult, but the guys handled it well. There were tons of scouts there. After the second game it took quite a while to get out of the building. They were all asking questions about different guys and pretty well everyone on our team got some interest throughout the weekend."
Surrey opened the showcase on Friday night with a solid shutout win over the Warriors. Eagles goalie Victor Adamo turned aside all 40 West Kelowna shots he faced and the Surrey power play struck twice to power the Birds to the win.
Zane Schartz scored once and set up another to lead the Eagles scoring while Colton Mackie and Joseph Drapluk each bagged a goal.
"Victor kept us in the game and the defence did a really good job of keeping most of the shots to the outside," Schaefer said. "We have a young defence corps and they're still learning in the first part of the season so we're going to need big games like that from our goaltender."
The Eagles' second game was Saturday morning where they were tied 3-3 with Vernon midway through the third period before coughing up four unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes to lose 7-3. Braedan Russell scored twice for Surrey while Jonah Renouf added a power-play marker.
Former Eagle Demico Hannoun had a goal and an assist for the Vipers.
The Eagles will stage their home opener against the Langley Rivermen on Friday (Sept. 13) at 7 p.m. at South Surrey Arena.
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