The Smoke Eaters made a late push but couldn’t solve Thomas Scarfone and Surrey Eagles Saturday night.
In front of a packed house and hounoured guest from both the 49′ and 61′ Smoke Eaters, the current team came out and were buzzing early. Kent Johnson was robbed of an opening goal by Scarfone who came across and somehow got a piece of the puck to keep it out of the open cage. The Smoke Eaters would end up giving up the first goals as a clearance attempt by Trevor Issakson hit a stanchion and came to the middle of the ice just inside the blueline. That’s where Brett Bliss stepped up a fired a shot through the crowd to beat Logan Terness. The Smoke Eaters would answer however on a nice passing play that started from their own end with Powell Connor and finished at the Surrey net with Micheal Colella.
Colella picked up his 15th of the year as the Smoke Eaters would head to the 1st intermission tied at 1.
In the second both teams threw some bunches but none were able to beat the goaltenders as we headed to the third tied at 1.
In the third it was the Eagles who came out an took advantage of a tied game and scored two goals. Firstly it was Christophe Tellier who stepped up to make a big play as he made it 2-1 Eagles. The Eagles kept coming and would get the eventual game at 7:33 as Brandon Santa Juana found a loose puck among the scramble in front of Terness making it 3-1. The Smoke Eaters then pushed but couldn’t completely break the Eagles. Kent Johnson picked up his 23rd of the year as he poked home a lose puck in the final minute making it 3-2. The Smokies then just ran out of time to find an equalizer as the Eagles held on for a 3-2 win. These teams now split the season series with each team picking up a win.
Its now onto the Coquitlam Express on Friday as the Smoke Eaters make their last out of division road trip of the season.