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Surrey Eagles win one, lose two over the past week

The Surrey Eagles played three games over the past week, two of which were against Interior Division teams, who they struggled to win against. The story of the two losses was the Eagles were unable to get the lead, although they fought hard to tie both games.

4-3 loss against the Vees

The Eagles took on the Penticton Vees last Wednesday night on the road. In a back and forth game, the Eagles failed to complete the comeback against the Interior Division champs. Carter King is starting to heat up for the Eagles in February as Surrey came back from three, one-goal deficits until the Vees scored a late goal in the second to secure the win.

Penticton opened the scoring in the first with a goal from Steve Holtz, but the red-hot King tied it up with his 12th of the season. The second period featured five goals in total, the first coming from Carson Kosobud of the Vees. King scored his second of the night to tie the game on the power play. Jay O’Brien got the lead back for the Vees on the power play as well until Eagles captain Hudson Schandor scored on the man advantage – his 21st goal of the season. Not too long after Schandor’s game-tying goal, O’Brien scored his second of the night and the game winner to lead the Vees to victory.

Reece Klassen started the game and made 24 saves, but was pulled after the second and Thomas Scarfone took over to stop the six shots he faced in the third.

4-2 loss to Wenatchee

The Eagles took another loss on Friday night against the Wild on Sock Toss Night at the South Surrey Arena. The Wild came out buzzing in the first period and outshot the Eagles 9-4. Wenatchee also got the first goal of the game from Ethan Wolthers. Kenny Riddett scored the first of the game for the Eagles, which led to fans throwing down their socks onto the ice. King assisted on the goal after making a great move around one of the Wild defenders.

The Wild took the lead once again in the second period thanks to a power play goal from Luke Ormsby. Schandor tied the game up to open the third, but Wenatchee took back the lead once again on a goal by Hunter Hastings. Matt Dorsey scored the fourth goal for the Wild to give them the two goal victory.

6-5 win against Nanaimo

The Eagles picked up a win in an action-packed game against the Clippers on Sunday. Kieran O’Hearn opened up the scoring for the Eagles on his fourth goal of the season with assists from Cristophe Tellier and Schandor. The Clippers answered back with a goal from Josh Kagan to close out the first. The action picked up in the second period as Surrey scored three goals. The second goal for the Eagles came from Tellier, who scored his 27th of the season on the power play. Kyler Kovich tied it up for Nanaimo shortly after but Schandor answered back with a shorthanded goal. King continued his point streak with his 14th goal of the season to give Surrey a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

In the third, Joshua Bourne brought the Clippers back into striking distance with his 23rd goal on the power play, but Brett Bliss scored to give Surrey a two-goal lead once again. Kovich scored his second of the night right before Clippers’ defenceman Devon Mussio hit Schandor and received a blow to the head major, which led to Kovich fighting defensemen Cade Alami. Owen Nolan, Alami and Tellier all received game misconducts for Surrey in the third following the fallout from the illegal hit. Brandon Santa Juana scored on the Eagles power play to give the Eagles a 6-4 lead. Steven Agriogianis scored late in the third, but it wasn’t enough for the Clippers to tie up the game as Surrey held on for the 6-5 win.

Tellier named January FortisBC Player of the Month

Cristophe Tellier was awarded for his great play in January by being named the January FortisBC BCHL Player of the Month. The Eagles forward posted 20 points in 12 games which tied him for the league lead on the month. Tellier finished January off strong with a seven-game point streak, including a five-point outing against West Kelowna. The 19-year-old sits second in points with 27 goals and 65 points in 53 games this season.