The Surrey Eagles managed to make a long road trip even longer by engaging in three consecutive overtime games in BCHL action last weekend.
The Eagles came from behind to beat the Powell River Kings 5-4 in OT on the Sunshine Coast Friday night and then settled for a 4-4 draw in Port Alberni Saturday before wrapping up their Island road trip with a 4-3 win in Cowichan in yet another OT game.
Picking up five of a possible six points on the road was enough for Surrey to clinch first place in the BCHL's mainland division with three regular season games left to play.
"It was a great road trip for us," said Eagles coach Matt Erhart. "Obviously the biggest thing for us was clinching first place in our division with our results and a loss of two by other teams. That was big because we were able to rest a few guys who are nursing some nagging injuries. We only had three lines and five defense Sunday and we were still able to get the win."
Surrey opened the weekend in Powell River Friday where Adam Tambellini single handedly broke the hearts of all the Kings fans in attendance. The Eagles crafty forward scored four times including the game winner in overtime as Surrey rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit to pull out the win. Brady Shaw scored the other Surrey goal.
On Saturday the Eagles staged another third period rally to forge a 4-4 draw with the surging Bulldogs. Tambellini was a factor again, scoring with 14 seconds left in regulation time to send the game into an uneventful extra session. Shaw earned first star honours with two goals and an assist on Tambellini's equalizer. Michael Stenerson also scored for Surrey while Eagles netminder Michael Santaguida stopped 48 shots.
Saturday's tie sewed up first place in the division for Surrey, allowing Erhart to rest some dinged up veterans for their final stop of the weekend in Cowichan. This time Surrey had a 3-1 third-period lead only to have the host Capitals storm back and for the extra session. Shaw settled the matter by bagging his fourth goal of the weekend on his first overtime shift to lift Surrey to the win.
Stenerson, Nicolas Pierog and Drew Best also scored for Surrey.
The Eagles have a light slate this weekend with just one game against visiting Cowichan on Sunday (March 3) at South Surrey Arena.