Surrey Eagles’ Nick Fea and Salmon Arm’s Elijah Barriga during Sunday's game at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

Surrey Eagles’ Nick Fea and Salmon Arm’s Elijah Barriga during Sunday's game at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

Surrey Eagles still searching for first win of season

Team drops pair of games at BC Hockey League Showcase in Chilliwack.

To steal a phrase from the poker world, the Surrey Eagles are ‘running bad’.

That is to say that the BC Hockey League team – still searching for its first win three weekends into the season – has done a lot of things right through six games, but hasn’t yet reaped the rewards.

Regardless of what you call it – hockey-types will say it’s simply bad ‘puck luck’ – the fact remains that the Birds have an 0-6 win-loss record after dropping both games at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack last week.

On Thursday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre, the Eagles lost 3-2 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals despite outshooting their Vancouver Island foes 56-26. Then, on Sunday, Surrey ended the weekend with a 8-6 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks as a furious late-game comeback came up just short.

The Eagles are the only BCHL team yet to win a game.

Against Cowichan, most of the offence came in the decisive third period. The Capitals held a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes thanks to a Josh Owings second-period tally, and the two squads traded goals throughout the final frame.

Cowichan went up 2-0 on a goal from Rhett Kingston, before Andrew Kemp scored his third of the year for Surrey. The Caps extended the lead to 3-1 with less than two minutes to go in the game on a goal from Jared Domin, but the two-goal cushion lasted little over a minute, as Eagles’ forward Darius Davidson replied for Surrey.

Cowichan netminder Adam Marcoux can be given much of the credit for holding the Birds to just two goals, stopping 54 of 56 shots – including 22 saves in a third-period barrage.

Eagles netminder Marc Audet was tagged with the loss, stopping 23 of 26 shots.

In contrast to Thursday’s tilt – in which goaltending stole the show – Sunday afternoon’s affair with the Silverbacks was full of offensive fireworks.

Salmon Arm led 2-1 after the first period, with Davidson scoring for the Eagles, but the second period was a big one for the Interior-Division team, as they scored three straight goals in the first five minutes, and tacked on a pair more later in the period, and led 7-3 after 40 minutes. Surrey’s goals came off the sticks of Tyler Paterson and defenceman Nick Minerva, who finished with three points.

The third period brought a reversal of fortune for the Eagles, with Davidson and Paul McAvoy scoring to bridge the gap to 7-5, though the Silverbacks extended the lead shortly thereafter when Ryley Booth notched his first of the year.

Eagles’ Desi Burgart scored with 52 seconds left to make it 8-6.

Surrey will try to snag its first win of the year tomorrow (Thursday) when they host their division rivals, the Chilliwack Chiefs, at South Surrey Arena. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the teams will play a rematch in Chilliwack.

 

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