Eagles come out on top in local grudge match

SURREY – The Surrey Eagles continued their better form after beating the Coquitlam Express 4-3 in overtime on Sunday (Oct. 19) at the South Surrey Arena.

Chase McMurphy, captain and the game’s first star, scored the winning goal three minutes and 16 seconds into the extra period, with Joseph Drapluk getting the assist.

Blaine Neufeld, head coach of the Eagles, said the team has been making changes since the team’s tough start to the BCHL season.

“We’ve been working on different things,” he said. “Our transition game was better today and working harder offensively and more as a unit has caused the shot total to come down a bit.”

Following the win, Neufeld was impressed by what his team showed him on the ice.

“We did a good job establishing what we wanted to do,” the coach said. “Our mentality was to get pucks in deep and go to work.”

The home team started on the front foot, scoring in the opening two minutes of the game from a Darius Davidson goal, but the Express tied it up in the final 30 seconds of the first period via Daniel Fritz.

However, the game got a little feisty at the buzzer with Surrey’s Brain Drapluk and Coquitlam’s Joey Santucci picking up penalties after the teams exchanged words in front of the benches.

Neufeld said the second period was very similar to the first with the Eagles scoring first.

Ben Vikich scored his fifth goal of the year and put Surrey up 2-1 with 12 minutes left in the period.

With a second remaining in the frame, the Express equalized while on the power play thanks to an unassisted Daniell Lange goal.

The third period saw Coquitlam take the lead for the first time in the game after Brett Supinski scored four minutes after the break. But Joseph Drapluk scored the game-tying goal three later to send the game into overtime.

Surrey has collected nine points from their 11 games this season and is in fourth place in the Mainland Division.

The Eagles will play the Express at home in their next match on Friday (Oct. 24). The puck drops at 7 p.m.

“Whenever you get these back-to-back games, you kind of get to know the other team very quickly. It’s going to be interesting start Friday night,” Neufeld said.

The Eagles’ Joseph Drapluk and Darius Davidson were named the second and third stars of the game.

Twitter @KBBenning

kyle.benning@gmail.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey council to consider a $150 FOI fee for attendance requests at city facilities

This is expected to come before council during tonight’s council meeting, on Monday July 13.

Heritage rail to remain closed for both July and August

Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society may open Cloverdale Station in September

Delta launches online engagement portal

“Let’s Talk Delta” offers variety of feedback methods including surveys, polls, forums and Q&A boards

Story of ‘A Mother’s Journey to Adoption’ told in book by first-time Surrey author

In the 1990s, Raj Arneja and husband Gurpreet adopted two children in India

Proposed White Rock development a ‘nightmare’ for Elm Street neighbours

Density, traffic, loss of views among chief concerns of residents

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

COVID-19 exposure on Vancouver flight

The Air Canada 8421 flight travelled from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6

Double homicide investigation leads Vancouver police to Chilliwack

A VPD forensics unit was in Chilliwack Saturday collecting evidence connected to East Van murders

VIDEO: Former Abbotsford resident giving away $1,000

Langley native Alex Johnson creates elaborate treasure hunt to give away cash

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

UPDATE: Abbotsford shooting victim was alleged ‘crime boss,’ according to court documents

Jazzy Sran, 43, was believed to have been smuggling cocaine across the border

Most Read