Surrey Eagles forward Ryan Brushett scored three goals in two games last weekend, to help his squad to back-to-back victories over the Powell River Kings and Alberni Valley Bulldogs, respectively. (Garrett James photo)

Surrey Eagles sweep two-game road trip against Island-Division foes

BCHL team has 16 wins on the season – just two fewer than all of last year.

The Surrey Eagles enjoyed a quick two-game romp through the BC Hockey League’s Island Division over the weekend, winning both ends of a two-game doubleheader.

The Birds began the road trip with a 5-2 victory over the Powell River Kings Saturday night at Hap Parker Arena, and a day later, travelled to across the Strait of Georgia to Port Alberni for a Sunday showdown with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, which the visitors won, 6-2.

The two victories didn’t boost Surrey any higher within the Mainland Division standings – they remain in third place, behind the Langley Rivermen and Prince George Spruce Kings – though the successful weekend did cut the distance between Langley and Surrey from in half, from an eight-point gap to four, as the Rivermen stumbled last weekend, losing all three games of their own Island road trip.

Through 32 games, the Eagles have a 16-12-3-1 record (win-loss-overtime loss-tie), which is just two wins fewer than they had all of last season, when they finished 18-36-4-0 and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row. (The 18-win mark was still more than double what the team had achieved in the previous two seasons combined, despite not qualifying for the playoffs.)

John Wesley – who had led the BCHL in goals for much of the season – was the offensive star for the Eagles in Saturday night’s win, scoring a pair of goals to increase his total to a league-best 25 on the year. The veteran forward scored the first and last goals of the game, with his first coming just 1:05 into the first period.

The Eagles exploded for three goals in the opening frame, with Chase Danol and Ryan Brushett also scoring before the first intermission. Jonny Evans replied for the Kings near the end of the period.

Desi Burgart, with an unassisted marker, scored the Eagles’ lone goal in the second, before Wesley’s second tally of the game, with less than five minutes to go, iced it for the visiting squad.

Nic Tallarico was between the pipes for the Eagles, stopping 30 of 32 shots en route to the win.

In Sunday’s afternoon affair in Port Alberni, the Birds showed few signs of fatigue despite playing less than 16 hours earlier on the mainland, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the 10-minute mark of the first period, on goals from Brushett and Owen Norton.

The goal-scoring onslaught continued in the second period, with Burgart, Aaron White and Brushett scoring to extend the lead to 5-0, before Bulldog defenceman Connor Welsh scored back-to-back goals late in the period to bridge the gap to 5-2.

Danol tacked on a shorthanded goal late in the third period to cap the offensive effort.

As much as the team’s offence was front-and-centre Sunday, goaltender Daniel Davidson shone equally as bright, making 45 saves for his ninth win of the season – a career-high number for the fourth-year puckstopper.

The Eagles are back on the road Friday to play the Langley Rivermen, and return to South Surrey Arena Sunday afternoon for a 4 p.m. game against the Bulldogs.

TV appearance

Eagles defenceman Perry Winfree will be getting a little hometown television time tonight (Tuesday), during the Vancouver Canucks-Carolina Hurricanes game.

Winfree, a native of Cary, N.C., will appear on the Hurricanes’ broadcast – it won’t appear on local Vancouver television – to discuss his experience playing with the Eagles and in the BCHL. He will be joined on the segment with the BCHL’s other two North Carolina-born players, Colby Pederson and Riley Johnson, both of whom play for the Coquitlam Express.

All three players were teammates with the Junior Hurricanes – a tier 1 midget squad – back home before moving on to the junior ranks.

BCHLSurrey Eagles

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

Just Posted

Love flourishes at Peace Arch Park, but COVID-19 concerns loom

South Surrey park becomes only place for international couples to meet

Human Rights Tribunal denies church’s request to toss out White Rock Pride Society’s complaint

Star of the Sea and White Rock Pride Society to go to Human Rights Tribunal hearing

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old boy found, Surrey RCMP say

Landon Vangeel-Morgan was last seen 9:14 p.m., May 30 near 96 Avenue and 150 Street

COVID-19: Daily update on pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

Provincial Health Officer officially bans overnight kids’ camps this summer

Surrey RCMP look for missing man

Tyler Ridout, 36, last seen near Balsam Crescent and 136th Street

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Most Read