2019-20 Head to Head: 0-2
2019-20 Spruce Kings Road Record Record: 3-4-0-1
2019-20 Eagles Home Record: 3-6-0-1
Points – Nick Poisson (23)
Goals – Chong Min Lee, Preston Brodziak (8)
Points – Holden Katzalay (25)
Goals – Katzalay (12)
The Spruce Kings are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss against the top ranked Coquitlam Express. Preston Brodziak started the scoring for the Spruce Kings and also had a glorious chance in overtime, firing the puck off the post. Evan Orr scored the tying goal early on in the third period, but then the Express got one back with two minutes to play. It was then Chong Min Lee who scored yet another big and late goal to tie it up and force overtime, and then end up falling in a shootout.
Spruce Kings captain Nolan Welsh says it would have been nice to get both points in the first game of the road trip, but at the same time they are content with taking the one point into Surrey…
“It is definitely tough to lose in a shootout, but good to get that goal late from Chong and huge for our group to get a point. That is three straight games with a point which is good for our team”, says Welsh.
The Eagles are also coming off a shootout loss this past Sunday at home against the Vernon Vipers. Brandon Santa Juana and Christophe Tellier had the goals for the Eagles in the loss, while goaltender Thomas Scarfone was realtively busy, stopping 33 of 35 Viper shots. The Eagles were held off the scoresheet in the shootout, while Vipers forward Dawson Holt had the shootout winner. Surrey’s last win on home ice was back on October 25th against the Coquitlam Express.
- US VS THEM
This is the third of eight meetings between the division rivals. The Eagles won the first two back in opening weekend at the RMCA. Since those two games, both teams have some relatively new rosters. Just over two weeks ago, the Eagles acquired defensemen Kieran O’Hearn on exchange for now former captain Cody Schiavon. O’Hearn has been very effective for Surrey since joining the roster. The Spruce Kings also have made several changes to the roster since opening weekend, heading into tonight’s clash with the Eagles
- THIS AND THAT
THIS: The Spruce Kings will wrap up their three game road trip on Saturday Night against the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Spruce Kings and Chiefs split the weekend 3 weeks ago at the RMCA. Saturday’s matchup with the Chiefs is scheduled for a 7:00 puck drop at the Chilliwack Coliseum. THAT: Preston Brodziak and Chong Min Lee are now tied for the team lead in goals after surpassing Fin Williams who has been in the team lead for nearly 60 days.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH
SPRUCE KINGS – (D) MASON WAITE
The Spruce Kings for the majority of the season have been very shorthanded on the defensive side of things. Waite has had to log some big minutes for Prince George as of late, and will be heavily relied upon again, against this Surrey Eagles team.
EAGLES – (F) HUDSON SCHANDOR
The newly named captain had a pair of goals against the Spruce Kings back in early September. Schandor is a dangerous forward who can score on a nightly basis.