Surrey Eagles came back from one-goal deficits on two occasions and eventually outlasted Powell River Kings in overtime on April 28 at Scotia Barn in Burnaby.
Nolan Krogfoss opened the scoring for Powell River midway through the opening period, with help from Jacob Bonkowski and Sam Belanger. A pair of former Kings combined to tie the game at 1-1 three minutes later when Michael Abgrall set up Jacob Slipec’s eighth goal of the season to get Surrey on the scoreboard.
Eagles took the lead 1:06 into the second period, but the Kings responded this time, knotting the game at two at the 9:33 mark courtesy of Ben Raymond’s fourth goal in the BC Hockey League’s Burnaby pod.
Powell River regained a one-goal lead nine minutes into period three when Bonkowski registered his third assist of the game, this time setting up Adamo Santia’s 10th of the season. However, the lead was short-lived, as Surrey forced overtime with a shorthanded goal a minute and a half later.
Brandon Santa Juana completed the 4-3 comeback win 2:08 into the extra frame, securing his team’s sixth win in a row over the Kings with an unassisted overtime winner.
Nick Peters took the loss in goal, stopping 25 of the 29 shots he faced. Max Prazma made 31 saves for the Eagles.
Bonkowski was named the game’s third star behind Santa Juana (first) and Slipec.
Powell River’s next game is April 30 against Coquitlam, the other team based in the Burnaby pod. Game time is 7:30 pm.