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Surrey Eagles advance to Round 3 of BCHL playoffs

Junior hockey team defeats Victoria Grizzlies in 6 games in Round 2
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The Surrey Eagles at Game 5 Thursday (April 25) in their South Surrey home arena. The team now moves on to Round 3 of BCHL playoffs after defeating the Victoria Grizzlies 4 games to 2 in Round 2. (Tav Morrison photo)

After defeating the Victoria Grizzlies in six games in Round 2 of British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) playoffs, the Surrey Eagles now advance to Round 3.

A trip to Vancouver Island saw the South Surrey-based squad drop one and win one to the Grizzlies, leaving the teams tied at two games apiece in the series before the Eagles returned to their Olympic-sized home ice Thursday (April 25) to win 3-2 over their island rivals.

Savek Brar opened up the scoring seven minutes into the second, assisted by Miles Burgin and Rylan Bonkowski, with Victoria answering back less than a minute later. Winger Aaron Schwartz scored the team’s second goal of the game with less than four minutes left in the third, assisted by Nathan Oickle and Zachary Wagnon, followed by goal number three – and the game winner – from Wagnon at 17:54 in the third period, assisted by Schwartz and Sid McNeill.

Although the Grizzlies scored their second goal with less than a minute left to play, the Eagles took the win, with goalie Ajeet Gundarah saving 39 of 41 shots on goal.

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Both teams headed back to the island for Game 6 on Saturday (April 27), where the Eagles dominated the game, scoring three goals in the first period (Micah Berger, assisted by Caden Cranston and captain Ty Brassington; Wagnon, assisted by Oickle and Ante Zlomislic; and Even Brown, assisted by Brassington), two in the second (Cranston, assisted by Brown and Berger; and Oickle, assisted by Liam Tanner), and another two (Massimo Fazio, Cranston) in the third.

Netminder Jaiden Sharma stopped 39 of 42 shots in the Eagles’ Game 6 victory, which also won them the Round 2 playoff series.

Next in the quest for the Fred Page Cup, the Eagles will face their final Coastal Conference opponent, Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who defeated Chilliwack Chiefs in four games in Round 2.

Game One of Round 3 takes place on home ice, at South Surrey Arena, on Saturday, May 4 with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop.

Tickets are available at tickets.surreyeagles.ca



Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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