Michael Stenerson fired a pair of goals as the host Surrey Eagles opened the B.C. Hockey League finals with a 5-2 win over the Penticton Vees Friday night.
Special teams played a huge roll in the Fred Page Cup opener, as Stenerson scored once shorthanded, and again on the powerplay. Craig Wyszomirski netted the winner on a two-man advantage 3:25 into the second period.
Demico Hannoun and Nicolas Pierog scored in the third period in support of Michael Santaguida (31 saves). Ex-Vernon Viper Adam Tambellini assisted on Sternerson’s second goal. Brock Balson and Wade Murphy answered for the Vees, who got 20 saves from Chad Katunar.
Game 2 went Saturday in Surrey, with the third and fourth tilts slated for Monday and Tuesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
Meanwhile, the KIJHL champion Castlegar Rebels are 1-1 at the Cyclone Taylor Cup following Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Victoria Cougars in Comox Valley. The Rebels opened the tourney with a 3-1 win over the host Glacier Kings Thursday night. Vernon’s Michael Hails had 32 stops for the Kings.
The Richmond Sockeyes grounded the Kings 6-2 Friday, after stuffing the Cougars 5-2 in their Thursday opener.