May 12, 2013, Summerside, PEI (ISN) – The Surrey Eagles opened the 2013 RBC Cup with an exclamation point, defeating the MHL’s Truro Bearcats by a score of 7-0 on Sunday afternoon in Summerside, PEI.
Demico Hannoun was named Surrey’s player of the game after scoring two goals while Michael Santaguida made 24 saves for the shutout.
The Birds were given a number of power plays in the first period, and they capitalized on their opportunities. Hannoun opened the scoring at 5:22 on the man advantage with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that snuck between the legs of Truro goalie Shayne Campbell. Michael Stenerson extended the lead a few minutes later after a nice move to dance around Campbell and tuck the puck into the open net. Hannoun made it 3-0, tallying another power play marker with another shot from the left wing. After Surrey’s third goal, Campbell was pulled from the Bearcats’ net after allowing three goals on six shots. Brady Shaw scored on Campbell’s replacement Jacob Fancy before the end of the frame, knocking home a rebound on the man advantage to put the Eagles ahead by four.
Surrey got two more goals in the middle frame. First, Stefan Burzan had a great opportunity when he went hard to the net from the left boards and just lost control of the puck at the last minute, but on the same shift, Burzan potted his first of the tournament, beating Fancy after a nice pass from Kevan Kilistoff. Shaw picked up his second goal of the evening later in the stanza when he chipped a rebound over Fancy and into the net after a frantic goal-mouth scramble in the Bearcats’ end.
Craig Wyszomirski put his name on the score sheet less than 90 seconds into the third period when he wired a hard wrist shot past Fancy from the slot to give Surrey a seven goal lead. After that, the Birds put it into cruise control and coasted to the shutout victory.
Surrey was officially 3-for-6 on the power play, although their last man advantage was only two seconds long. Truro was 0-for-4. The Eagles out shot the Bearcats 34-24.
The Eagles return to action on Monday against the host Summerside Western Capitals. Face-off is at 3:30pm PT/7:30pm AT.
Surrey Player of the Game: Demico Hannoun
Truro Player of the Game: Brandon Pye