Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tambellini Ends Eagles Winning Streak

Adam Tambellini scored in the dying seconds of double overtime to lift the Vernon Vipers to a 3-2 win over the Surrey Eagles at the Wesbild Arena on Saturday night. Despite the loss, the Birds picked up three of a possible four points on their two game Interior Division road trip.

The Vipers found the net first in the opening frame when Pearce Eviston beat Surrey net minder Glenn Ferguson at 9:08 of the period. Surrey tied it up inside the final three minutes of the first when Mason Blacklock scored the Birds' first shorthanded goal of the season.

In the second period, Vernon jumped back in front as Marc Hetnik netted his first of the year at 4:30 to give the Vipers a 2-1 lead. But Surrey responded late in the stanza with a power play marker from Brett Mulcahy.

Neither side scored in the third period, and the game also remained tied through one period of overtime. Surrey had a chance to win it when Mason Blacklock was awarded a penalty shot in the second extra period, but the Surrey forward fired his shot wide of the net, and the game continued. It looked like it might end in a tie until Tambellini scored with just five seconds remaining in the game to give Vernon the victory. 

Surrey fired a season high 48 shots on Vernon goaltender Danny Todosychuk while the Vipers had 40 shots on Ferguson's net. The Birds went 1-for-4 on the power play while Vernon was unable to score on two opportunities with the man advantage. The loss ended Surrey's four game winning streak.

The Eagles will now return home and host the Coquitlam Express on Monday afternoon. The puck drops at 2:00pm at the South Surrey Arena. For tickets, call 604-531-4625.

Official 3 Stars:
1. Adam Tambellini - Vernon
2. Danny Todosychuk - Vernon
3. Mason Blacklock - Surrey

My 3 Stars:
1. Adam Tambellini - Vernon
2. Mason Blacklock - Surrey
3. Danny Todosychuk - Vernon

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