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Chiefs open LEC on a high with win over Eagles

Three points apiece from Mac Roy and Colton Beck helped the Langley Chiefs open their new home in style as the doubled up the visiting Surrey Eagles 6-3.

The two junior A hockey teams were playing on Saturday night in the first ever game at the Langley Events Centre.

The squads also faced off on Friday night in Surrey with the Eagles scoring a 3-2 victory on opening night in the B.C. Hockey League.

In Saturday's game, it was a Langley player who will go down in the record books for the first goal in Langley Events Centre history. But the only thing is that he was wearing a Surrey uniform.

During a scramble in front of the Chiefs net late in the first period, the puck was sitting in the crease behind goaltender Andrew Walsh. Chris Santiago, a Langley native, pounced on the puck and slipped it into the open goal for the first tally.

The lead was short-lived however, as 22 seconds later, Marcus Watson took a pass in front of the Surrey goal, spun and slipped the puck five-hole on Paul Barclay to tie things up.

And Watson was back at it again 86 seconds later as he fed Trevor Gerling with a pass. Gerling put a nice deke on Barclay, and scored while falling to the ice.

The score stayed 2-1 until midway through the second when, while short-handed, Brandon Thompson picked up a loose puck at the Chiefs blue-line, gained control and used some great speed to break away from the Surrey defence.

Thompson finally settled the jumpy puck down and wired a shot high and to the stick side for a 3-1 lead.

Surrey's Andrew Wallace cut the lead back to one late in the period when he struck while the Chiefs were two-men down.

Roy re-stored the two goal advantage 52 seconds into the third period, when, with his back to the goal, he roofed a back-hander for the Chiefs fourth goal.

Langley's Joe Walter put the game out of reach when he wired home a juicy rebound off a Beck shot.

The goal was initially waved off, as the referee thought it had hit the cross bar, but after consulting with the goal judge, the call was changed.

Neil Blunden did get Surrey back to within two goals when his fluttering point shot beat a screened Walsh and the scoring was completed when Tim Daly picked up a loose puck after exiting the penalty box and deposited it into the empty goal.

In Friday's season opener, the Eagles built a 3-0 lead and then hung on for the 3-2 win.

Beck and Daly had the Langley goals in the defeat.

The Chiefs next game is at home, on Friday night (Sept. 18) when they host the Powell River Kings. Game time is 7 p.m.