Langley Chiefs scored 9:37 into overtime to beat the Alberni Valley Bullodgs 6-5 Tuesday night, and sweep the first round of the B.C. Hockey League Fred Page Cup playoffs 4-0. The teams were playing at Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni.
“I thought we deserved to win,” Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Paul Esdale said following the game. The Bulldogs came from behind 5-3 in the third period to tie it up 5-5 with less than five minutes left, forcing the game into sudden death overtime.
“They capitalized on their opportunities. They’re a dangerous team offensively,” Esdale said of the Chiefs. “We had to battle for everything we got.”
Bulldogs’ goalie Frank Slubowski stopped Chiefs’ Josh Myers on a breakaway 55 seconds into overtime, giving the Bulldogs some momentum, but it wasn’t enough to carry them to victory.
The Chiefs will now face Surrey Eagles, who swept their series against Coquitlam Express, in the second round of the Fred Page Cup playoffs.
(For more coverage on the Bulldogs’ playoffs, read Friday’s Alberni Valley News and check back here at www.albernivalleynews.com)