Monday, May 13, 2013

Eagles Comeback to Beat Western Capitals

Brett Mulcahy netted the winning goal at 8:43 of overtime as the Surrey Eagles edged the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4 in a thrilling game at Credit Union Place. Adam Tambellini was named Surrey’s player of the game after tallying twice in the victory.

The Birds never led in the hockey game as the Capitals opened the scoring when Chris Caissy beat Michael Santaguida with a backhander from the slot. Surrey evened the score when Adam Tambellini found the back of the net for his first of the tournament later in the period, and the teams went to the dressing room tied 1-1.

Summerside went ahead again in the middle frame as JP Harvey tipped a Danny Chiasson point shot into the net on the power play. Trevor Cameron made it 2-2 less than two minutes later when he took a pass from Tambellini off the rush and beat Summerside goalie Kevin Bailie up high. The Western Capitals got another man advantage later in the stanza, and Mitch Maynard capitalized to put Summerside up 3-2. Caissy netted his second of the game before the end of the period, and the Eagles went to the third down by two.

Surrey came out with a strong effort in the third, and Devon Toews rippled the mesh on the power play from the right circle to pull Surrey to within one. Tambellini scored his second of the night at a crucial time, tying the game with less than five minutes remaining when he batted the puck out of mid-air past Bailie to send the game to overtime.

The two teams both had their chances in the extra period, but Mulcahy ended the game when his sharp angle shot from the right wing found its way into the top corner of the Summerside net to give the Eagles the come-from-behind victory.

Surrey was 2-for-3 on the power play while Summerside went 2-for-4. The Birds out shot the Western Capitals 47-37.

The Eagles will have the day off on Tuesday before returning to action against the Minnesota Wilderness on Wednesday. Face-off will be at 11:00am PT/3:00pm AT.

Surrey Player of the Game: Adam Tambellini

Summerside Player of the Game: Chris Caissy

My 3 Stars:
1. Adam Tambellini - Surrey
2. Chris Caissy - Summerside
3. Michael Stenerson - Surrey

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