OT win for Eagles

The Surrey Eagles earned a split decision on its final road trip of the BC Hockey League regular season last weekend, losing 4-3 to the Victoria Grizzlies Friday before bouncing back with a 4-3 overtime win Saturday night over the Powell River Kings.

On Friday, the Eagles fell behind 2-0 to the Grizzlies – seventh in the Coastal Conference – before leading scorer Scott Knowles finally got the team on the board midway through the second period.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, both squads traded goals, with the Eagles taking a brief 3-2 lead when Matthew Brusciano – who scored 27 seconds into the period – and Knowles tallied for the visitors, before the Grizzlies pawed back with two goals of their own, the winning marker coming from Keenan Desmet with just 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Saturday in Powell River – the two teams’ third meeting in a week – the Eagles were the first to score when Cameron Sinclair converted a pass from Adam Basford just 42 seconds after the opening puck drop.

The Kings fought back with a pair of second-period goals, and Basford and Sinclair each added third-period markers for Surrey.

Powell River tied the game in the final minute, when Neil Chambers scored on the power play, with the Kings’ netminder Chris Rawlings on the bench for the extra attacker.

In the second overtime period, defenceman Brody Toigo played the role of hero for the Eagles, potting the winner at the 2:30 mark of the extra frame, with Sinclair and Ryan Adams drawing assists.

Goaltender Tommy Tartaglione – who scored an empty-net goal in his last game in Powell River – stopped 41 of 44 shots to earn the victory.

With a 29-21-1-2 record, the Eagles are now tied with the Burnaby Express for third place in the Coastal Conference with 61 points, and are just two points shy of the Langley Chiefs, who’ve played one game fewer than both third-place clubs. The Nanaimo Clippers lead the conference – and the league – with 78 points.

The coastal swing was the Birds’ last of the regular season. They’re now at home for six straight, before playing the final game of the regular season in Langley against the Chiefs.

The homestand begins Friday, when Langley comes to South Surrey Arena, followed by the a visit from the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday night. Game time for both contests is 7 p.m.

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