Calling Thursday night’s game between Langley and Surrey a defensive battle would be a bit of an understatement. The third meeting of the season may not have been the most exciting game, but both goaltenders would tell you they like it that way. James Barr and Michael Santaguida got the call between the pipes for their teams and they were the headline by the end of it putting on quite the show. In the end, the Eagles would escape with a 2-1 double overtime win.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the first frame on a goal by Brett Mulcahy. The veteran centre took a great pass from Trevor Cameron and buried his sixth of the year on a laser to the top corner past Barr. The Rivermen would respond a few minutes later on a fluke goal from Ben Butcher. The rookie forward skated the puck in the Surrey zone and let a soft shot go towards the net that eluded the Surrey ‘tender. It was a big goal for Butcher who went goal less in all of October. He now has six on the season.
The second period was a goaltenders battle as both keepers shut the door not allowing a goal against. Barr stopped all six shots, while Santaguida put aside all eight.The third was the exact same goaltending wise, but there was more opportunities to put one away. The best chance came with 40 seconds to go as Puskarich had a breakaway with the game on his stick, but was denied by the blocker of Santaguida to send it to overtime.
Nothing was solved in the first overtime session, so 3 on 3 was needed. In double OT, hometown boy Jordan Klimek would seal the extra point for the ‘Birds as he rifled home a shot from the slot to the top right corner.
James Barr would face 31 shots earning first star honours, while Santaguida would see 34 pucks and earned the win. It was a big extra point for Surrey as they now have a two point cushion on the ‘Men in the standings.
Next up for the Rivermen is a home date against first place Prince George tomorrow night.