It was a good night for Adam Tambellini. The Edmonton native scored four goals including the overtime winner to lead the Surrey Eagles to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Powell River Kings at Hap Parker Arena on Friday.
The Birds had a good start to the hockey game as Tambellini opened the scoring at 13:28 of the first with a wrist shot inside the left post after some good work by both Brett Mulcahy and Trevor Cameron to get him the puck in front of the net. Surrey had a couple of great chances to extend the lead before the end of the opening frame when Tambellini deflected a point shot off the post before Joel Gaudet rung a shot off the iron from the right wing off the rush.
Tambellini netted his second goal on the power play early in the middle frame when he beat Kings goalie Jonah Imoo with a one-timer from the top of the right circle. However, Powell River fought back with a pair of goals in an 11 second span scored by Evan Richardson and JP Villeneuve to tie the game. Before the end of the stanza, the Kings went ahead when Richardson skated into the attacking zone and lost the puck, but Stephen Hiff followed up on the play and wired a shot past Michael Santaguida.
Powell River took a two-goal lead at the 4:13 mark of the third after a deft deflection by Drew Dorantes that found its way into the Surrey net. The Birds remained two goals back until the final five minutes of regulation when their big guns stepped up. First, Brady Shaw scored his 33rd of the year when he cut across the high slot and took a shot from the top of the left circle that snuck across the goal line along the ice. Then Surrey tied the game after Cameron dug the puck loose in the left corner and Mulcahy found Tambellini in the slot for his hat-trick goal with 2:35 to go in the third, forcing overtime.
In the first extra period, the Eagles were given a power play when Luke Ripley hauled down Shaw, taking his fifth minor penalty of the game. On the ensuring man advantage, Tambellini fired a one-timed shot in under the cross bar from the top of the right circle to lift the Birds to the win.
Tambellini becomes the first Eagles player to score four goals in a single game this season. He also moved into a tie with Brady Shaw for the team lead in goals (33). Surrey was 2-for-6 on the power play while the Kings were 1-for-3.
The Birds will continue their Island Division road trip tomorrow when they visit the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The puck drops at 7:00pm.
Pro4 Sports 3 Stars:
1. Adam Tambellini – Surrey
2. Stephen Hiff - Powell River
3. Brady Shaw - Surrey
My 3 Stars:
1. Adam Tambellini - Surrey
2. Trevor Cameron - Surrey
3. Evan Richardson - Powell River