Thursday, March 24, 2011

Eagles frustrate Kings in game 5 win

  • The Surrey Eagles hung around just long enough Thursday night and were rewarded in the third period. Hayden Trupp and Richard Vanderhoek broke a 1-1 tie mid way through the period to force a game six in Surrey.
  • Powell River was all over the Eagles in the first half of the third but couldn't find a way to put a puck past Karel St. Laurent. Say what you want at his unique style but it's getting the job done. St. Laurent was solid if not great in the late going turning away the Kings comeback attempt. St. Laurent seemed to be hampered by a cramp in the third but it didn't stop him at keeping Powell River off the score board in the final period. St. Laurent was the first star and rightly so as he stopped 44 of 45 shots.
  • The Eagles won without top scorer Bradley McGowan. McGowan was injured back in the third period of game four when he collided with Dan Schuler. Jeff Vanderlugt was terrific in sliding over to the middle in the absence of McGowan.
  • The Kings started off on the right foot but couldn't finish it off in the third. It's been the same story for the Kings. Great first periods, out scoring their opposition 13-2 but no being able to build on that in the late going.
  • This game was very similar to the game two overtime loss. The Eagles were out played in long stretches of that game, yet hung on and forced OT and converted on the chance the Kings gave them. Tonight was no different as the Eagles held the Kings attack at bay before converting on two chances in the third. The goals came off King turn overs or mistakes, the Eagles were very oppurtunistic in the third.
  • Where has the Kings offense gone this post season? Tonight they threw 45 shots on net yet have only a first period bomb from Dalrymple to show for it. In the last two games the Kings have 119 shots yet only three goals.
  • Why did the Kings stop hitting after the first period. Powell River did a effective job at using the body and keeping Surrey out of their zone. The Eagles were frustrated and looked tired yet were given an easy pass in the second and third. 
  • It seems to be between the ears with this team. When mentally focused this team looks like world beaters but tonight something didnt look quite right.

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