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First Period Egg: Eagles Take Game One

Phil Zielonka in Game One at the SSA. Photo: Damon James

Phil Zielonka in Game One at the SSA. Photo: Damon James

This post could be one sentence long. It really could. Chilliwack wasn’t ready to play in the first period, and it cost them. Simple as that.

I’ll give you some more, though.

It’s apparent that the Eagles are a different beast than the Prince George Spruce Kings. There’s far more skill (and more importantly, finish) up front for this talented Surrey group. That group took it to Chilliwack in the opening minutes, scoring 46 seconds in as Brady Shaw converted on a 2 on 1 from Michael Stenerson. It marked the third straight game that the Chiefs had given up a goal in the first two shifts. A disturbing trend if there ever was one.

Chilliwack topped themselves by allowing a goal shortly after that. Demico Hannoun’s shot was well placed to beat Gillam, but the bigger story was the zone entry afforded the Eagles throughout the first period of the game – it was far too easy.

After Trevor Cameron made it 3-0, the Chiefs got a late period power play, and despite not scoring, appeared to generate some momentum.

All that momentum went to die when four Chiefs were caught in the neutral zone, leading to a 3 on 1 where Brady Shaw made no mistake.

Chilliwack did get 35 shots on Michael Santaguida, but the Surrey ‘tender was square to the shooter almost all night long. Phil Zielonka just missed on an opportunity in the third, and there were a few goalmouth scrambles that didn’t bounce the Chiefs way, but that was about it.

There were a few questionable calls from the zebras, but Chilliwack didn’t do themselves too many favours with penalties born out of frustration. A positive – they killed off all eight powerplays they faced. Surrey really didn’t generate much with the man advantage tonight.

Much like the 10-1 win over PG in game 2, this is just one game. Chilliwack knows their start simply wasn’t good enough on Friday night, and they will be better at the SSA on Saturday evening.

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