BCHL playoffs: Eagles force Bulldogs into must-win corner with second OT win

Surrey Eagles' Drew Best scored at 9:50 of the first overtime period to give the Eagles a 3-2 win over Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Surrey Eagles’ Drew Best capitalized on a wrap-around behind Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ goalie Jay Deo at 9:50 of overtime to lift the Eagles over the Bulldogs 3-2, Monday night at Weyerhaeuser Arena. The win gives the Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven B.C. Hockey League Coastal Conference playoff series.

The game was scoreless until the final second and a half of the second period, when Brady Shaw scored unassisted on the power play to put the Eagles up 1-0 going into the dressing room. Surrey’s Adam Tambellini scored an even-strength goal at 1:56 of the third period to put the Eagles up 2-0.

The Bulldogs cut the Eagles’ lead in half when Jared Wilson scored unassisted on the power play at 11:42, and Teal Burns (off a pass from Wilson) evened it up with another power play marker at 12:44.

Bulldogs’ Deo stopped 36 of 39 shots on goal, and Eagles’ goalie Michael Santaguida stopped 49 of 51 from the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are 5-0 when faced with elimination in this season’s BCHL playoffs. Game 4 goes Tuesday night at Weyerhaeuser Arena at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Game time is 7 p.m. If you can’t find tickets to the game, catch the play-by-play on 93.3 PEAK FM.

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EDITED: Shots on goal for each team were transposed but have been corrected.