Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pre-Game vs Surrey Eagles


Last seasons’s Matchup
Goals For
Goals Against
0 for 16
Power Play
2 for 18 (11%)
17 of 25 killed (68%)
Penalty Kill
19 of 22 killed (86%)

Venue: South Surrey Arena
Game Time: 4pm
Season Series: N/A

Fun Fact: The Surrey Eagles are celebrating their 25th anniversary this season.
Surrey’s Home Record: 0-3-0-0
Surrey’s Leading Scorer: Tyler Andrews (3 Games played, 4 assists)

Prince George’s Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Prince George’s Leading Scorer: Braiden Epp/Corey Hoffman (3 games played, 1 point each)

Last Year:
The Eagles made for easy feeding last year, as the Spruce Kings took 13 of 16 possible points away in games played against the team. Prince George outscored Surrey 25-16 in those eight games. A number of returning player’s got in on the action, as Jake LeBrun and Cole Todd each had four points (three goals and one assist), Braiden Epp had three assists, and Stephen Penner chipped in with an assist. Surrey had a year to forget in general, as they finished the season with only 9 wins, and had less than half the points of the team in second last in the BCHL. The team will want to rebound this year though, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Coming In:

Prince George: Started off the season on a bad note, dropping two straight to the Wenatchee Wild at home while being outscored 13-1 in the games. Saturday night proved to be no better, as the team had another rough 5-0 loss, this time at the hands of their rivals the Langley Rivermen. In three regular season games now the team has a single goal, and that was a centring pass that deflected off a defenders leg. The team managed 10 shots over the entire game against Langley, and now have 50 shots in three games. Getting offensive opportunities will be key for the Spruce Kings tonight, and will need to take a little bit of pressure off Sam Tanguay who played extremely well against the Rivermen in his first game with Prince George.

Surrey has had a rough start to the year, and to boot that has all come at home. They are 0-3-0-0 on the season with all of those losses coming on home ice. Opening weekend saw a pair of losses of divisional opponents as they lost to Langley 6-3 and followed that up with a 3-1 loss to Coquitlam. Including last season, the past 15 games have produced a single win for the team. Look for the new netminder Justin LaForest to have a big afternoon. The Ontario goalie has won wherever his junior career has taken him, which includes an appearance in the RBC Cup with the Carleton Place Canadians, and last year won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League cup with the Portage Terriers after putting up the best GAA in the entire league during the regular season. This is a goalie that wants to win, so teams in the BCHL will have to be careful of him stealing some games, and that’s just the reason Surrey brought him in.

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
Tonight will mark the first game back for captain Jake LeBrun. After missing the last two games due to a suspension in the first game against Wenatchee, the captain will look to slot back into the lineup. He wasn’t happy about having to miss the first matchup against the Rivermen since Prince George knocked them out of the playoffs last year, so look for him to use that energy in tonight’s game. The Spruce Kings dominated the Eagles last year, so this game will be very important because if they lose it will be a big blow to the team’s confidence. LeBrun is a power forward, so don’t be surprised if he comes out running and gunning looking to spark his team.

So far in his rookie season, ex Richmond Sockeyes Tyler Andrews has had no issue adjusting to play in the BCHL. As a rookie in the PJHL last year, Andrews was nearly a point per game player with the dominant Sockeyes. Now with the Eagles, the Delta native has made it onto the score sheet in all three games with an assist, including Friday night where he set up a pair against the Penticton Vees. In a rink close to his hometown, Andrews will surely be playing hard tonight as the Eagles search for their first home win in four attempts.

Broadcast Info:

For this afternoon game, you can catch the action by listening on Mixlr or watching the game on BCHL FASTHockey

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