SURREY’S DANIEL DAVIDSON TOOK IT ON THE CHIN IN 19-3 LOSS IN TRAIL BUT STYMIED SMOKIES IN 7-3 WIN.
What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday the Smokies handed the Surrey Eagles a humiliating loss in a 19-3 win. Forward to last night in Surrey where the tables were turned and it was Trail on the losing end of a 7-3 score. The Smokies did come out of the blocks flying but were unable to capitalize on early chances and it was Surrey who struck first.
It was Desi Burgart night at the South Surrey Arena as he led the Eagles to the 7-3 win with a hat-trick and taking first star honors in the game. His first goal and 13th of the season was scored at 10:20 of the first period. Trail tied the game at 1 with a maker at 11:44 by Josh Laframboise with his 20th on the season. Assisting on the goal was Ross Armour and Connor Brown Maloski. Surrey made it 2-1 when Desi Burgart score his second of the game at 15:46. The Smokies tied the game at 2 at 16:25 when Troy Ring potted his 5th of the season, assisted on by Mitch Barker and Ryan Moon.
Surrey put the game out of reach in the second period scoring three unanswered goals with Desi Burgart scoring his third of the game at the 7 minute mark. Surrey’s Paul McAvoy and Dario Piva scored goals at 13:20 and 15:56 respectively to give the home team a 5-2 lead going into the third.
Trying for a comeback the Smokies scored early in the third at 2:26 when Luke Santerno netted his 28th of the season to make it 5-3. Assisting on the goal was Jeremy Lucchini and Andre Ghantous. It was a power play goal. Just 28 seconds later the Eagle’s Ashton Calder scored to make it 6-3. Jordan Robert scored an empty net goal at 19:25 to seal the 7-3 win for the Eagles.
A bright spot for the Smokies is that fact that Santerno and Lamframboise scored in consecutive games regaining their early season scoring touch.
It won’t get any easier for the Smokies tonight when they face the Chilliwack Chiefs who sit in second place in the Mainland division and tied for third overall in the league. The Smokies wind up their three game road trip on Saturday in Coquitlam who are in last place in the league.