Surrey Eagles' goal-scorer Sam Chatterley celebrates Friday as stuffed bears fall around him.

Surrey Eagles end losing streak with win over Powell River

Eagles edge their BC Hockey League rival Powell River Kings in overtime Friday to halt 16-game losing streak.

The Surrey Eagles’ grisly losing streak is over – barely.

On Friday at South Surrey Arena, the same night they collected stuffed toys for sick and underprivileged children, the BC Hockey League team managed to end a losing streak that had lasted longer than a month, beating the Powell River Kings 4-3 in overtime.

It was the Eagles’ first win since an Oct. 19 victory over the Coquitlam Express – a losing skid that had reached 16 contests.

“There’s a sense of relief, for sure. We got the win we needed, finally,” said Eagles head coach Blaine Neufeld. “For a hockey player, the best two words you can hear are ‘two points.'”

The streak very nearly hit the 17-game mark, too, had it not been for a late goal from Surrey forward Spencer Meyer, who tied the game with just 13 seconds left to send it to overtime.

Then, in the extra frame, Darius Davidson propelled his team to victory when, with the Eagles on the power play thanks to a Kings’ too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, he beat Powell River goaltender Stefan Wornig with a shot at the 3:25 mark.

Surrey trailed three in the game – in addition to a pair of late-game deficits, they also got off to a slow start when Powell River’s J.J. Coleshaw potted the first goal of the night at the 18:55 mark of the first period.

But Eagles’ Sam Chatterley, now back from injury after a length absence, tied the game midway through the second period – a goal that caused Teddy bears and stuffed toys to rain down on the ice from the stands, as part of the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss promotion.

The third period was the busiest for both netminders – Daniel Davidson got the start for Surrey, though long-injured Christian Short did dress as the backup – as the two teams combined for four goals.

Jacob Pritchard restored the visitors’ lead with a goal 10:35 into the third, but Darius Davidson quickly replied. Pritchard scored again with 1:50 left in the game – a lead that only stood until Meyers’ equalizer.

Friday’s win was the Eagles’ lone game of the weekend – they also played the Wednesday prior, losing 5-3 to Coquitlam – and truth be told, one could tell that a  streak-breaking win was coming soon.

Gone were the nine- and 10-goal blowout losses – coincidentally timed with the acquisition of two veteran defencemen from Alberta – and Wednesday’s game against the Express was nearly the streak-breaker. Surrey lead that game 3-2 midway through the game, and entered the third period tied before the Express scored with less than seven minutes remaining to edge the South Surrey squad.

And a week before, the Eagles blew a two-goal lead late in a game against the first-place Chilliwack Chiefs – another game that very nearly ending the winless skid.

Surrey will look to make it two wins in a row Tuesday, when they head to Langley to battle the Rivermen. They face off against Langley twice more on the weekend – Saturday in Langley and Sunday at South Surrey Arena.

Just Posted

White Rock’s Memorial Park re-opens to the public without fanfare

Formal ceremonies expected to take place in late May or early June

Non-Semiahmoo First Nation members opt out of footing connection costs: chief

Long-term resident who can’t pay $50K fee, says he ‘hasn’t a clue’ where to go now

PHOTOS: Fabric-formed concrete strengthens new Surrey gallery show and house under construction

Designer Omer Arbel’s work in ‘Particles for the Built World’ exhibit and at South Surrey home

Drivers injured, children OK after school-bus crash in Surrey

Incident happened near 68th Avenue and King George Boulevard

Police release photos of suspect in attempted gas station robbery in Surrey

Surrey RCMP say suspect took off without taking any money after he bear sprayed employee

Eggs in South Surrey bald-eagle preserve hatch

Douglas-area eagle nest livestreamed online

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22

Prince George sweeps to first-ever BC Hockey League crown

Spruce Kings beat Vernon Vipers 3-1 in the Okanagan Wednesday for 13th straight playoff win

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Whitecaps to 1-0 win over LAFC

Vancouver picks up first victory of season

Man identified in Vancouver’s fourth homicide of the year

30-year-old man was not known to police

RCMP locate missing Colony Farm psychiatric patient

Patient left last week on day pass from the hospital in Coquitlam

600 volunteers sign up to recall Maple Ridge MLAs over housing problems

Organizer urges province to reconsider position on Burnett modulars

Child-proof your windows ahead of warm weather: B.C. expert

Fifteen children were taken to BC Children’s Hospital for falls in 2018

Most Read

l -->