Playing their first game under new head coach Linden Saip, the Surrey Eagles pushed the Chilliwack Chiefs to a shootout before falling 3-2 Friday night at the South Surrey Arena.
Chilliwack (22-9-0-0) out-shot the Eagles (7-23-0-2) by a 38-21 count, but an outstanding game from Surrey goaltender Cayden Bailey kept it close.
Tyler Pang opened the scoring for the home team just 130 seconds in, but Harrison Blaisdell’s 20th of the season had the game tied 1-1 through 20 minutes. Surrey’s Liam Ryan had the only goal in the middle frame, beating Chiefs netminder Nolan Hildebrand on an Eagles power play, but Matt Holmes got Chilliwack back on even terms 2:48 into the final frame, popping his 12th of the year behind Bailey.
Hildebrand faced three Surrey skaters in the shootout, thwarting Holden Katzalay, Matthew McKim and Brandon Santa Juana. Bailey stopped Chiefs forward Brett Willits, but Cole Donhauser beat him for the winner.
Chilliwack has a home game Wednesday afternoon, with a 2 p.m. puck drop at Prospera Centre versus the Langley Rivermen, and home games coming up Saturday (7 p.m. vs Powell River) and Sunday (2 p.m. vs Trail).