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Eagles hanging on to second place

They still occupy second place – for now.

The Surrey Eagles hold on the runnerup position in the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference could be broken as early as tonight (Friday), when the Langley Chiefs make their second visit in seven days to the South Surrey Arena. Face-off is at 7 p.m.

The Chiefs were also in South Surrey last Friday night, edging the Eagles 3-2 before 1,133 spectators.

Surrey is now just two points up on both Langley and the Burnaby Express, having played two more games than their two rivals.

Burnaby and the Chiefs make up the pair of games this weekend, when they each play three times to Surrey’s once.

The Eagles were outshot in each of the first two periods last week against Langley, falling behind 2-0 when Nolan Julseth-White and Mac Roy netted powerplay goals in the second period for the visitors.

Surrey stepped it up in the second period, outshooting the Chiefs 13-8 and tying the game Adam Basford tallied on the powerplay early in the third period and Ryan Pajimola connected for a goal less than three minutes later.

Justin Smith got the winner for Langley midway through the final period.

Second place would be a huge advantage in the playoffs, as the top two teams in the Coastal Conference get a bye through the best-of-five quarterfinal round. With 12 games to play, Surrey is just seven points up on the sixth place Powell River Kings, who will host the Eagles next Tuesday night.

The top six teams in the Coastal Conference qualify for the playoffs.

sports@surreyleader.com

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