Surrey Eagles drop two on the road

Losses drop BCHL club to bottom of BCHL standings, with busy week upcoming.

Halloween weekend was a scary one for the Surrey Eagles, as the BC Hockey League team dropped two games to division rivals.

On Friday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre, the Birds fell 7-2 to the Chiefs, and Sunday, kicked off the month of November with a 5-2 road loss to the Langley Rivermen.

“Things got a little bit rough for us there in Chilliwack, but on Sunday in Langley, I thought except for a couple last-minute goals, that was our game to win,” said Eagles coach Blaine Neufeld.

The Eagles sit in last place in the BCHL’s Mainland Division, with just four wins in 18 games. They’re just three points back of the fourth-place Prince George Spruce Kings.

Defence continued to be a trouble spot for Surrey – the team has now given up 86 goals-against, which is second-worst in the league – who have played of late without a handful of injured regulars on the blue-line, as well as in net, where 20-year-old starting netminder Justin LaForest has bee sidelined.

Though the injuries have continued to pile up, Neufeld expected to have a full complement of players – or close – within the next week.

“We need to lock it down (defensively) – we want to eliminate second chances and quit chasing the play in our own end,” Neufeld explained. “I thought we did a lot better job of that Sunday, I thought we improved.”

In the goaltending department, reinforcement came prior to the team’s two-game weekend series, as Forbes Ploszaj was acquired from the West Kelowna Warriors for future considerations.

The 18-year-old newcomer started Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, stopping 32 shots. He was also pressed into action Friday, relieving starter Daniel Davidson late in the game.

The second-year coach said he would play the hot hand in net until LaForest returns in December.

“Whoever is going well is going to (play),” Neufeld said.

Against the Chiefs Friday, Paul McAvoy and John Wesley scored for the Eagles, while McAvoy also scored Sunday, along with Donovan Ott.

The Eagles have another busy week upcoming – a Friday game at South Surrey Arena against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, and a Sunday afternoon tilt, also at home, against the Vernon Vipers.

On Nov. 11, the Eagles will host a Remembrance Day contest, at 2 p.m., against the Chiefs.

Surrey North Delta Leader

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

Just Posted

Surrey wrestler Jason Bains receives four-year suspension for using banned substance

Queen Elizabeth Secondary grad tests positive for steroid Turinabol, silver national medal removed

What happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19 at a Surrey school?

Surrey Schools Superintendent explains step-by-step process for notifying the community

UPDATED: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Peace Arch Hospital

Provincial health officer says outbreak is in the facility’s rehab unit

COVID-19 exposures reported at four more Surrey schools

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

‘Ukrainian soul food’ fundraiser returns to Surrey hall, with a twist

COVID-19 put a stop to church group’s monthly event, but it’s back on Sept. 25

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

Report raises questions about COVID outbreak that killed 25 seniors at Langley Lodge

CEO defends leaked document that’s igniting queries about BC’s most deadly COVID outbreak

PHOTO: RCMP escort beaver across busy Chilliwack road

Motorists had to exercise patience as the slow-moving creature crossed several lanes of traffic

March to protect old growth, stop industrial logging coming to B.C. Legislature

Organizers say they want to give frontline communities a bigger say in nearby logging

B.C. releases details of $1.5B economic recovery plan, $660M in business tax incentives

Economic plan includes support for employers, as well as training for workers

‘Not criminally responsible’ hearing slated for man convicted of Abbotsford school stabbing

Gabriel Klein was found guilty in March of killing Letisha Reimer, 13, in 2016

Man arrested in New Westminster pier park fire

Investigators don’t believe the public are at further risk and are not looking for any other suspects

Most Read