Eagles win one, lose one on Interior swing

The Surrey Eagles ended one road losing streak and then started another on a two-game swing through the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Conference last weekend.

The Eagles blanked the host Trail Smoke Eaters 3-0 on Friday night before falling 5-4 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks the following night.

Friday’s win in Trail ended a seven-game road futility streak that stretched back almost two full months. Surrey’s last win away from the Eagles’ nest in South Surrey was Dec. 6 in Kelowna.

On Friday night, the Eagles had revenge on their minds after the cellar dwelling Smokies had pulled out a 5-3 win at South Surrey Arena just one week earlier.

This time around, it was all Surrey as the Eagles muster 32 shots in the first two periods before dialling up the defence in the final frame to seal the shutout. Devon Fordyce stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn the goose egg.

Brian Drapluk and Chase McMurphy each scored a power play goal for the Eagles before Nathan Renouf wrapped up the scoring with the lone goal of the third period.

Saturday night, the defending BCHL champs made their lone appearance of the season in Salmon Arm where they turned in a spirited effort before losing by a single goal.

The Eagles stumbled out of the starting gate, allowing the Apes to score twice in the first period and once more early in second to fall behind 3-0. Surrey then rallied with three straight goals in the middle frame to knot the score at 3-3 before the second intermission.

Renouf got things going 61 second after Salmon Arm’s third goal and the momentum continued to build when Anthony Conti scored to cut the gap to a single goal midway through the frame. Surrey finally pulled even late in the frame when Nathan Renouf set up his twin brother Jonah.

Salmon Arm regained the lead five minutes into the third period, but Surrey once again battled back to tie the game with a Braedan Russell marker in the 14th minute.

The Eagles did not have long to celebrate, however, as the Silverbacks answered 16 seconds later with what turned out to be the game winner.

The Eagles are back on home ice Wednesday when they host the Coquitlam Express at 7 p.m. The Eagles then play a homeand-home weekend set with the Chilliwack Chiefs beginning Friday at South Surrey Arena.