Michael Stenerson scored twice including the winning goal as the Surrey Eagles won their seventh overtime game of the 2012-2013 season, defeating the Prince George Spruce Kings 2-1 on the road. Michael Santaguida made 35 saves in the victory for the Birds.
Neither team was able to find the net in the first period although Cam Lawson fired a shot off the post for Prince George. Both teams also finished the opening frame tied on the shot clock with 11 shots apiece.
The teams traded goals in the second. The Spruce Kings opened the scoring when Tanner Fjellstrom netted his first BCHL goal just before the halfway mark of the period. But the Birds responded on the power play when Michael Stenerson beat Prince George goaltender Kirk Thompson to even the score.
There were no goals in the third period either, and the game would head to overtime. Surrey lost Demico Hannoun late in the third when he was given a game misconduct after being penalized for a blow to the head on Spruce Kings blue liner Karan Toor.
For the second straight game between Surrey and Prince George, there was controversy in overtime. The last time the two teams met, Brady Shaw scored the winning goal for the Birds on what looked like an off-side play, but the video review proved that the linesman made the correct call. Tonight, the Spruce Kings thought they had won the game early in the first extra period when Tyson Witala thought he had scored on Surrey net minder Michael Santaguida, but the goal was disallowed by referee Dexter Rasmussen, and the game continued. At 3:57 of double overtime, Stenerson netted his second of the evening from Trevor Cameron, and the Birds skated away with the win.
The two teams will get back at it again tomorrow evening at the Prince George Coliseum. The face-off will be at 7:00pm.
Official 3 Stars:
1. Kirk Thompson - Prince George
2. Michael Santaguida - Surrey
3. Ryan Keis - Prince George
My 3 Stars:
1. Michael Stenerson - Surrey
2. Kirk Thompson - Prince George
3. Michael Santaguida - Surrey