Penticton Vees’ forward Demico Hannoun – a former Eagle – slides the puck past Surrey netminder Daniel Davidson during Saturday’s game.

Eagles fall flat against Penticton Vees

Surrey’s skid stretches to five games after back-to-back shutout losses

To suggest the Penticton Vees have the Surrey Eagles’ number this season might be something of an understatement.

The two squads met on the BC Hockey League’s season-opening weekend back in September, with the Vees walloping the Birds 11-2, and that dominance continued last weekend.

At Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Halloween, the Eagles put forth a ghouls performance against the home team, losing 10-0, and in Saturday’s return engagement – this time at South Surrey Arena – the Vees again got the best of the struggling Eagles, winning 11-0.

The 21-0 goal differential was the team’s worst stretch of the season, and, coupled with losses on the two prior weekends, the team has now lost five straight. The last win came Oct. 19, when they edged the Coquitlam Express in overtime.

The losing skid has dropped Surrey to the bottom of the BCHL’s Mainland Division, with a record of 3-10-0-3.

In Friday’s loss, the second period was the Eagles’ undoing.

The Vees – who are the league’s top team, and have lost just once all season – scored twice in the opening 20 minutes, with the first goal coming off the stick of former Eagle Demico Hannoun, but blew the game wide open in the middle stanza, with six unanswered goals, including three on the power play.

Rookie netminder Daniel Davidson was left in net for the entire game, stopping 33 shots amid the Vee’s 10-goal outburst.

Hannoun had two goals for Penticton, and three players – Riley Alred, Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Matthew Serratore – had three-point nights.

A day later at home, the Vee’s same cast of characters sunk the young Eagles. Alfred, Cam Amantea – who had a hat-trick– Connor Russell and Jack Ramsey all had three points in the lopsided win, and Hannoun also scored his third goal of the weekend.

Davidson again was between the pipes for Surrey, though he was eventually relieved by backup Kurt Russell. Usual starter, 19-year-old Christian Short – who has led the league in shots-faced by a wide margin – did not dress for the second game. It was unclear if his absence was injury-related, and head coach Blaine Neufeld could not be reached by press deadline Monday afternoon.

The Eagles will try to stop the bleeding this weekend when they play a two-game home-and-home series against the Coquitlam Express. On Friday, the two clubs face off in Coquitlam, and Saturday hit the ice at South Surrey Arena. Puck drop is 7:11 p.m.

Just Posted

City sends back 25-storey office tower proposal, asks for more height and density

Developer says it is ‘currently reviewing direction’ from mayor, council

Council to look into Cloverdale arena project

Plans could include twinning existing rink

Ocean Athletics takes aim at Project Play contest in quest for track resurfacing

South Surrey Athletic Park track ‘eight years behind it’s best-before date’ says club

White Rock and South Surrey voices weigh in Trudeau ‘brownface’ and ‘blackface’

People are going to have to make an “individual choice” on how to react, says columnist

VIDEO: B.C.’s famous cat Grandpa Mason has died

The story of the feral cat that started fostering kittens touched people around the world

‘Not acceptable’: Ad linking Liberal candidate to B.C. police force removed

Jati Sidhu said advertisement only appeared for 30 minutes and was created by Montreal company

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

North Delta happenings: week of Sept. 19

Events and community listings for North Delta

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

Indian teachers that inspired Super 30 movie talk about hope

Movie is based on international best-selling book by B.C. doctor

Abbotsford erases skate park graffiti mural honouring student killed in car crash

Many in community angry at city’s move after saying art wouldn’t be immediately removed

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

Second bat found at Greater Victoria elementary school tests positive for rabies

Island Health confirms second rabies case, this time in Saanich

Most Read