The BC Hockey League Coastal Conference best-of-seven is tied 1-1 after the Eagles defeated the Powell River Kings 2-1 Wednesday night at Hap Parker Arena.
Neither team scored in the first period Wednesday, but the Eagles, who a day earlier were shut out 3-0 in the series opener, finally broke the goose egg near the end of the second frame, when Brandon Tanev – who scored the series-clinching overtime goal in Round 1 against Cowichan – and Charles Orzetti scored less than a minute apart to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
In the third, Powell River drew to within one goal when Evan Richardson – who has a goal in every game of the series so far – made it 2-1, with Matt Scarth and Brendon MacDonald drawing assists.
Surrey goaltender Andrew Hunt continued his strong postseason run by stopping 34 Powell River shots on net. Hunt, who is committed to Clarkson University next year, has been far and away the BCHL’s busiest goalie since playoffs began. The Surrey native has played nearly 80 more minutes than any other netminder and has faced 120 more shots than the next goalie on the list – Powell River keeper Sean Maguire.
The Eagles-Kings series now shifts to South Surrey for Game 3 tonight (Friday) and Game 4 Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.