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Four helpers from McGowan pace Surrey past Millionaires

Surrey Eagles forward Brad McGowan has been in a giving spirit in his rookie season in the British Columbia Hockey League. He entered play Saturday with zero goals but six assists to his credit, and continued to play set-up man with four assists in a 6-5 victory over Quesnel.

The Eagles and Millionaires traded six goals over a ten-minute span in a high-paced first period, with Quesnel's Darick Ste-Marie opening the scoring with a power-play marker at the 2:47 mark of the frame. Surrey goals by Andrew Wallace, Grant Toulmin and Manraj Rayer then sandwiched replies from Mitch Galbraith and Tyler French to close the period.

Surrey took over after intermission, however, as Chris Santiago put his team ahead for good late in the second. Ste-Marie pulled the Mills within one on a third period power-play, but they could not beat Vinny Lessard on 10 other shots in the final 20.

McGowan's four-point effort was supported by a two-goal, one assist performance from Hayer, while Mike Krgovich and Grant Toulmin rounded out the scoring for the Eagles. Lessard picked up the win with a 34-save effort.

Surrey will attempt to make it a three-for-three trip in Williams Lake on Sunday, while the Millionaires begin a trio of road games with a visit to Prince George on Tuesday.