From his stomach

From his stomach

Surrey Eagles win both games of BCHL roadtrip

Jonah Renouf scores twice Sunday – including the overtime winner – to lead Birds to victory

Jonah Renouf is only six games into his BC Hockey League career, but already, the 19-year-old Ontario native is proving to have a flair for the dramatic.

Sunday in Cowichan Valley, the Surrey Eagles forward scored his second overtime goal in eight days, potting the winning marker in a 3-2 win over the Capitals. The weekend before, Renouf – whose twin brother, Nathan, is also on the Birds’ roster, but has yet to play due to injury – scored the winner in double-overtime against Langley.

“Anytime you’ve got a set of twins, and one of them is hurt, it’s tough because they’re so used to playing together, but Jonah’s doing a pretty good job solo right now,” said Eagles coach/general manager Peter Schaefer, adding that Nathan, who is out with a wrist injury, is expected back in the next few weeks.

Renouf’s goal completed a two-game road sweep for the Eagles, who one day earlier picked up two points in Port Alberni, after defeating the Bulldogs 7-5.

Through the first few weekends of the season, the Eagles – defending BCHL champions – sit first in the Mainland Division with a record of four wins and two losses, one point up on the Coquitlam Express and Langley Rivermen.

Against the Cowichan Valley Capitals Sunday evening, Surrey jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the first period when second-year BCHLer Braeden Russell – who played 25 games last year in Vernon – beat Robin Gusse for his third goal of the young season.

The lead lasted until 14:49 of the second, when Cowichan’s Myles Powell tied the game, his shot beating Surrey netminder Bo Didur, who was playing just his second game of the season.

The two squads traded goals in the third period – Powell gave the home side a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal, and Renouf tied the game eight minutes later with an unassisted goal.

In overtime, Renouf scored his second of the game – and team-best fourth of the season – at the 4:11 mark, also unassisted.

In the Eagles’ first game of their Island road trip Saturday, the offense was led by a balanced attack – six different Eagles scored against Alberni.

Matthew Dawson led the way with a pair of goals, while Michael Roberts, Brett Mulcahy, Nic Pierog, Mitchell Fyffe and new defenceman Phillipe Johansson – acquired last week after being a late cut of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm – also scored.

Victor Adamo stopped 37 shots for Surrey, to nab his third win of the season.

Special teams – which Schaefer said earlier in the month were inconsistent but improving – continued to both help and harm the Birds.

On the plus side, the team was an impressive 4-for-7 with the man-advantage Saturday against Alberni Valley; but on the other side of the ledger, gave up three power-play goals in the same game.

“That game was a bit of a shootout – not a lot of defence – so you just hope to score enough to get the two points,” Schaefer said.

“But on our power play and penalty kill, we’re getting better. It’s early in the season still, so guys are still trying to get used to (the system), but I’m happy with how things are going.”

Sunday against the Capitals, the Eagles were much better killing penalties – Cowichan was just 1-for-8 – but still gave the Island squad five more power-play advantages than Caps gave them.

Surrey also continues to give up plenty of shots on net – Adamo leads the BCHL in shots-against with 174, despite playing less games than the three other netminders who trail him in that category.

This Friday, the Eagles return to the nest at South Surrey Arena for a game against the Vernon Vipers – led by former Eagle Mason Blacklock, and on Saturday, the two teams will travel up the Coquihalla for a return engagement at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place.

Before Friday’s contest, the Eagles will raise their championship banners from last season’s run to the RBC Cup.

Heading up into the rafters will be banners honouring the team’s Coastal Conference and BCHL championships, as well as one for the team’s Western Canadian Cup title.

Just Posted

United Truckers Association members outside Labour Minister/Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains’ office on Monday, June 21. (submitted photo: UTA)
Protesting truckers park outside Labour Minister’s Surrey office; daily rallies promised

The truckers take issue with unlicensed trucks taking work away from legitimate owner operators, and more

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August 2019 about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
UPDATE: Elections BC approves petition application for referendum on Surrey policing transition

Application was filed under Recall and Initiative Act by the widow of a Surrey murder victim

White Rock beach was buzzing with activity on Father’s Day, which saw the temperatures in the area hit a record high. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock breaks 83-year-old weather record on Father’s Day

Temperature in city hit 28.7, beating 1938 mark by 1.5 degrees

Police responded to White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
‘Forever War’ with fire has California battling forests instead

Five of the state’s largest-ever blazes seared California last year, as authorities tackle prevention

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

Most Read