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.

Just Posted

Driver sought in connection with South Surrey hit-and-run

Police say 38-year-old pedestrian suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries

VIDEO: The fun of ‘footy’ attracts kids to North Delta field from March to June

‘We’re the only organized kids (footy) league in North America,’ says Mike McFarlane of NDJAFL

Police bust youth-targeted South Surrey drug operation

Surrey RCMP search home two blocks from high school

PHOTOS: More than 320 soccer teams flock to Surrey for Mayor’s Cup tourney

Squads from B.C., Alberta, Washington and Oregon flooded in for weekend games

Arson charge laid in Surrey Hockey Shop fire

The blaze destroyed the prominent business in Surrey City Centre

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Pro-Trump protest sign with F-word is OK, court rules

Judges say Ontario man can protest publicly, even using vulgar language

Body of missing Australian woman found in Whistler lake

RCMP say they do not suspect foul play in Allison Raspa’s death

VIDEO: Police officer looking for distracted drivers gets hit by truck

Road safety investigator clipped by trailer while patrolling busy intersection

YVR wants you to help name three new puppies

Say hello to the Vancouver Airport’s new assistance pups

COLUMN: Fundraiser helps Abbotsford family fulfill $100K goal for BC Children’s Hospital

Five years after setting their goal, Team Miracle Maya surpasses their target

Speculation tax causing concern at Cultus Lake, Harrison Hot Springs

Recreational property owners face hefty bill for 2019 for what some call a ‘wealth’ tax

Suspect who attacked autistic man in Ontario could be from B.C.’s south coast: police

29-year-old man was sent to hospital with serious injuries

Privacy watchdog to explore Facebook leak

Canadian expert says his analytics company helped Trump campaign capitalize on private Facebook info

Most Read

l -->