The now 1-2 Shooting Eagles overcame a late start and benefitted from a 6-1 Third Quarter to garner their first win, 13-6 over the 0-3 Black Fish in action in the Langley Events Center in Vancouver.
Dean Fairall, Jake Foster and Mark Yingling teamed up for a combined. 9 goals and 12 assists to lead the Shooting Eagles to a commanding, 13-6 defeat of the Black Fish.
How It Happened
Despite the 13 goal outburst, the Shooting Eagles could not hit the net for the first 12:00 of the contest.
Ryan Jensen (2g,1a) was tbe recipient of passes from Jon Phillips (4a) and Ryan Jones (2a) at the 7:05 mark followed by Toru Morimatsu (1g) with Phillips and Jones again being the set up guys.
Two and a half minutes later, at the 3:00 minute mark, Dean Fairall (4g, 3a) hit paydirt on a man, up goal aided by Jake Foster and Greg Lunde to push it to a 2-1 score.
It was knotted up with just :02 remaining when Foster (4g, 4a) scored into an empty net as the Black Fish pulled their netminfer in an effort to garner a 3-1 lead.
Fairall and Lunde with the helpers giving each a two point first period and created a 2-2 tie after the first stanza.
Tight Game, Does it Stay That Way?
Actually, it would stay tight when Foster hit his second off a pretty set-up from Mark Yingling and Fairall.
Not be outdone, Cole Christiaens (1g) pushed it a 4-2 Eagles advantage with just over seven minutes left in the half.
Jensen set up the other Phillips, Liam (1g,1a) and after just :42 seconds, it was the Dynamic Dio back in action with Foster setting up Fairall pushing it to a 5-3 Shooting Eagles lead.
Another last minute goal, this one, the second of the game for Jensen with just :28 remaining ended the half with a 5-4 score.
The power play goal was assisted by Jordan Roberts and Jon Phillips.
The Game Would Radically Change.
A huge second half witnessed the Shooting Eagles earn their moniker with a 6-1 Third Quarter.
Dylan Lacroix (1g), Greg Lunde (1g, 3a), Foster and Fairall all hit net in the first 12:35 to boost The Eagles to a 9-4 lead.
Jordan Roberts (1g, 1a).with helpers Jon and Liam Phillips ended the uprising with 1:27 remaining.
If nothing else, this contest showcased last minute goals and the third followed the script when Lunde set up Declan Fitzpatrick (1g) with 1:11 to play followed by Mark Yingling (1g, 4a) bringing the score to 11-6 with Aidan Murphy(4a) along with Foster doing the dirty work with :39 to go.
To The Final Fifteen
Things would settle in with only a pair of lamp lighters supplied by Foster followed by netminder, Brody Harris hitting Fairall in transition.to cap the scoring on the 13-6 initial win of the 2021-22 Season for the Shooting Eagles.
“Today, especially in the second half, we really found our groove. We knew when our offence started clicking, and our defence – especially with Brody back there in cage – we are going to be a hard team to beat when we are clicking on all cylinders,” Foster said.
Inside the Numbers
Shots on Goal went the way of the Eagles, 60-51.
Player of the Game, Brody Harris was outstanding in turning aside 45 shots from the Black Fish.
His opponent, Gordy Bowden wasn’t quite as fortunate but stopped 46 shots.
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