The Surrey Eagles and Vernon Vipers took turns posting road wins against each other in B.C. Hockey League action last weekend.
The Vipers crashed the defending champion Eagles’ banner raising ceremony Friday night with a 4-1 win at the Birds’ expense. Surrey returned the favour the following night, scoring three times in the final frame to pull out a 7-4 win in Vernon.
“I thought we played well in the first game, but unfortunately we couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Surrey coach Peter Schaefer. “Then in Vernon we got down early, but the guys battled back. Two points on the road is huge, but obviously we have to work on winning games at home.”
The Eagles celebrated their successful 2012-13 campaign by hoisting five championship banners to the roof of South Surrey Arena Friday night. The Vipers were unimpressed, scoring once in each of the first two periods to build a 2-0 lead. Brett Mulcahy cut the gap to 2-1 in the third only to have Vernon seal the win with a pair of late goals.
The two teams were at it again Saturday in Vernon where the host Vipers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of play and then watched as Surrey roared back with three goals of their own before the end of the opening frame.
After swapping goals in the second period, Vernon tied the score at 4-4 1:25 into the third period. Surrey answered quickly, regaining the lead at the midway point and then salting the game away with a pair of empty-netters in the dying moments of play.
Ryan Fraser-Lee led the Birds from the blue line with two goals and a pair of helpers. Jonah Renouf and Nicolas Pierog also scored twice for Surrey with a solo marker coming from the stick of Mitchell Fyffe.
The Eagles return to action Friday (Oct. 4) when they host Langley at 7 p.m. Surrey travels to Langley for a return date Saturday before closing out the weekend back at South Surrey Arena Sunday against Coquitlam (4 p.m. start).
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