Eagles .500 in preseason

Junior A team splits with Langley, ties in Coquitlam

The Surrey Eagles have a preseason record of an even .500 after playing their first three exhibition games in a span of less than 48 hours last week.

The B.C. Hockey League team blanked the Langley Rivermen 5-0 Friday night in the South Surrey Arena, but lost a rematch 8-3 Saturday evening in the Langley Sportsplex. On Sunday afternoon, the Eagles were on the road again and played the Coquitlam Express to a 4-4 tie.

Drew Best netted two goals in Friday’s victory, with Brandon Morley, Michael Stenerson and Trevor Cameron adding singles. Surrey led 2-0 and 4-0 at the period breaks.

Goaltender Glenn Ferguson, a Surrey native, played the full 60 minutes in Surrey’s net to earn the shutout.

Sunday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex in Coquitlam, the Eagles erased a 4-2 third period deficit to get the draw. A shorthanded goal from North Delta’s Demico Hannoun early in the second period lifted Surrey into a 1-1 tie, but two powerplay goals by the Express had the home team up by a pair.

Nicholas Pierog cut the difference to 3-2 at the period break, then with Coquitlam up 4-2, Roshen Jaswal and Brett Mulcahy tallied to pull the Eagles even.

Following the weekend slate of games, the Eagles made 11 cuts to their roster, and will play three more preseason games before finalizing a lineup that will start league play late next week.

Surrey was at home last night to the Express, then host the Chilliwack Chiefs tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. in the South Surrey Arena. The Eagles will visit Chilliwack Saturday to end preseason play.

The regular season starts Friday, Sept. 7 on the Sunshine Coast when Surrey visits the Powell River Kings.

Surrey North Delta Leader