Warriors shoot down Surrey Eagles
SURREY — The Westside Warriors lived up to their name when they battled back from a two-goal deficit to score their fourth straight victory.
Three unanswered goals and 32 saves from Nik Amundrud earned the Warriors a 3-2 victory over the Surrey Eagles at the South Surrey Arena on Tuesday night. The game did not get off to a good start for the visitors.
Parm Dhaliwal took a penalty just 35 seconds into action and at the 56 second mark, the Eagles opened the scoring on a power move from the left corner by Desi Burgart, sliding the puck through the legs of Warriors starter Cole Demers for a 1-0 Surrey advantage.
The Eagles continued their strong start by getting ahead by a 2-0 score at the 3:44 mark of the 1st period as John Wesley slipped by a pair of Warriors defenders to get to the hash marks.
Wesley beat Demers with a shot blocker side to put the Eagles up by a pair and end the night of Demers as the 18year-old made no saves on two shots giving way to Nik Amundrud.
After that goal, the Warriors went to the attack, outshooting the Eagles 13-6 margin in the frame and getting on the board courtesy of the captain. Jared Marino busted down the left-wing side and let a shot go from the left-wing face-off circle, beating Eagles netminder Daniel Davidson for his fifth goal of the season.
The Warriors continued offensive surge by tying the game at the 8:25 mark of the second period as Bennett Norlin centred a pass toward the Eagles goal with two Warriors going to the front of the net.
Peter Tomaras batted the puck home for his second goal of the season and tied the score at two.
West Kelowna took their first and only lead of the game late in the second period with Marino getting the puck into the offensive zone and passing to Cavin Tilsley in the left face-off circle.
Tilsley found an open Norlin in the slot who made no mistake with a shot low to the blocker side of Davidson for his third goal of the season and a 3-2 Warriors lead.
The Eagles pressed in the game’s final period to try and even the score but the Warriors tall as Amundrud turned aside 16 third period shots to finish off a fourth straight victory for the Warriors.
The Warriors started the game with Cole Demers who was pulled after 3:44 while making one save on three shots before being relieved by Nik Amundrud who turned aside all 31 shots he faced for his fourth victory of the season.
Daniel Davidson got the start in goal for the Eagles, making 34 saves on 37 shots in the defeat.
The Warriors (8-3-0-0) return home to open up a four-game home stand, starting off against the Wenatchee Wild (5-3-1-0) at Royal LePage Place on Friday night for a 7 p.m. face-off.
Tickets are available through the Warriors office and by calling (250) 769-7051.
The game will also be broadcasted live on the Warriors Internet Network.
The Westside Warriors started slowly, but kicked into high gear when in counted, defeating the Eagles in Surrey on Tuesday