Posts tagged #South Surrey Arena

FROM THE BOOTH: Surrey 4 | 3 Coquitlam (OT)

The Eagles got back into the W column this past Sunday with a big 4-3 win over the visiting Coquitlam Express. It's the same opponent coming right back to the South Surrey Arena this evening, so before that game starts, how 'bout some stray thoughts on the last one?

  • I mentioned last week that Ben Vikich might be the straw that stirs the drink on the Eagles at the moment, as the team seems to succeed when he finds the back of the net, and he tends to score when he's playing the physical game that was expected of him prior to the year. Vikich is still a player of the utmost importance on this club, and the offense that he and Chase McMurphy are creating together certainly a big reason why the Eagles 3-1-0-1 in their last five games, but...
     
  • More and more it seems the team's heartbeat up front is Joe Drapluk. Drapluk's four goals on the year have come in critical moments to either win the game in overtime or give his team the emotional lift they might be lacking to keep hope alive in the third period. That was certainly the case on Sunday against Coquitlam, where the Eagles fell behind 3-2 in the third period and got a big goal from Drapluk to lock things at 3. It wasn't the forceful exclamation point that his goal in Langley last Wednesday might have been, but it was exactly what the team needed, from the guy who has given this club a much-needed shot in the arm several times already early in the year.

FROM THE BOOTH: Surrey 4 | 7 Trail

I didn't manage to get any stray opinions up in a timely manner on any of Surrey's three games previous to this one -- and if I don't get a chance to jot these things down quickly the games just fade together in my memory. But if you really want to know what I thought of them, just read the official summaries and you'll get the gist. I did write those too of course, and while they're not as opinion-heavy as the blog pieces, what is sports reporting if not opinion masquerading as fact?

Last Wednesday's win was terribly exciting, as Joe Drapluk netted the winner 12 seconds into OT after getting the crowd to lean in on the edge of their seats numerous times through the game -- hitting a post, and drawing a penalty on a partial break -- before finally potting one. But enough about happier games. This one did not leave much to smile about when it was done:

FROM THE BOOTH: Surrey 1 | 3 Prince George

Notes from Sunday's game, the third in three nights for both teams involved, as the Spruce Kings made their first visit to the South Surrey Arena this season. Surrey really deserved to win this game, but in hockey, as in life, "deserves" ain't got nothin' to do with it:

  • It hurts to lose a game like this much more than an 11-2 drubbing at the hands of Penticton. It was a heart-wrenching loss for a number of reason, not the least of which that the Eagles put in their best, most consistent 60 minute effort of the year to date, and received zero reward for doing so. When victory is out of reach for the bulk of play, it's easy to disconnect from it and start looking ahead to the next one before you're even out of a game like the season-opener. To give up the go-ahead goal (and essentially surrender the win) with only 16 seconds to go... Just rip my heart out and throw it in the garbage, why don't you. Long faces up and down the Surrey bench at the end of this one. They all know how close they were.