April 14, 2013, Surrey BC (ISN) – The little guy came up big for the Surrey Eagles in Game Two of the Fred Page Cup Final.
Michael Santaguida stopped all fifty shots he faced, including twenty-one in the third period, as the Eagles blanked the Vees 2-0 on Saturday night. The Eagles now have a 2-0 series lead with Game Three set for Penticton on Monday.
The Eagles special teams manufactured the game’s first goal midway through the opening period. On an Eagles five-on-three power-play, Demico Hannoun unloaded a snap shot from the left-circle and past Chad Katunar at 10:57. The third time the Eagles have cashed-in on the two-man advantage in the series.
The Vees trailed after the first period despite out-shooting the Eagles 15-10. Brock Balson, John Siemer, Brad McClure and Ryan Gropp all had great looks at the net but Michael Santaguida was there to shut the door.
The score remained unchanged until late in the second period when Nic Pierog doubled the Eagles lead. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Pierog was sprung on the right-wing and from the circle put a wrist-shot over Chad Katunar’s glove at 15:44.
The Vees had a glorious opportunity to level the game in the dying moments of the middle frame. On a goal-mouth scramble, Jedd Soleway, Wade Murphy and Louie Nanne all had whacks at the puck but couldn’t get it by a scrambling Santaguida.
The Vees poured on the pressure in the third period, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Surrey net. The Vees out-shot the Eagles 21-4 in the frame but couldn’t find a way to solve Santaguida. Brad McClure had the Vees best chance to equalize but his rebound attempt in the crease was swept off the goal-line by the paddle of Santaguida’s stick.
FINAL SCORE: 2-0 EAGLES
Shots 50-30 Vees
Power-Plays: Vees 0-4 Eagles: 1-3
Three Stars: 1) Michael Santaguida 2) Chad Katunar 3) Nicolas Pierog
Saturday marks just the second time all season the Vees have been shutout; the only other time coming on February 8th against Merritt. The Eagles run their winning streak to eleven straight games and are 7-1 at home in the playoffs.
The series shifts to Penticton games Three and Four at the SOEC on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets for those games are available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com