The Surrey Eagles wrapped up their home schedule tonight with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Surrey took control of the game early on as Cowichan got in to some early penalty trouble. However, it would be Cowichan Valley who would score first as Skylar Pachecho scored his 12th of the year with 2:54 left in the first period.
With Spencer Unger in the box for High-Sticking, the Capitals capitalized on the man-advantage early on in the second period as Rylan Bechtel put the Caps up 2-0. The back and forth play would continue throughout the second and Lucas Stratford would finally get the hometown boys on the board with his first goal of the year. 1:59 later, Ben Vikich would tie thing up at two and we would have ourselves a hockey game. At 15:34 of the 2nd period the Capitals would head back to the box with Adam Osczevski head off Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Holding. The Eagles would capitalize on this power play as Brian Drapluk and Ben Vikich hooked up with brother Joseph Drapluk to give the Eagles the 3-2 lead heading in to the third period.
After scoring in the second period, Lucas Stratford would take a bad hitting from behind penalty and his night would be done. With Nick Beck serving the penalty for Stratford, the Eagles went to the penalty for the fifth time on the night. Luckily for Blaine Neufeld and the boys, the Eagles PK was on tonight limiting the Capitals to just one goal on five power play attempts. Shortly after killing the PK though, local boy Darien Craighead would tie things back up for the Capitals. The Eagles would get a couple more power play opportunities in the game but were unable to regain the lead. So with things all tied up at three apiece, this bad boy would head to overtime.
Overtime wouldn’t last very long as just 1:32 in to the period, captain Ben Vikich would fire a pass over to Spencer Unger who would put the winner past goaltender Lane Michasiw to send the Eagles’ fans home happy. It was an emotional night for the fans and players tonight as the Eagles fans said goodbye to Ben Vikich, Brian Drapluk and Joseph Drapluk who will not be returning to the team next season.
The Eagles will head out on the road to finish off the season with games in Merritt and West Kelowna. The Eagles won’t be heading to the playoffs this year but will look to make things harder for Merritt and West Kelowna as they battle for a playoff spot in the Interior Division.