Powell River's Chad Niddery tries to jam the puck past Surrey Eagles netminder Karel St. Laurent during Game 4 action Tuesday.

Powell River's Chad Niddery tries to jam the puck past Surrey Eagles netminder Karel St. Laurent during Game 4 action Tuesday.

Eagles win to force Game 6

Surrey goalie Karel St. Laurent made 44 saves to backstop the Eagles to a win in Game 5 Thursday in Powell River.

The Surrey Eagles are still alive.

Down 3-1 to the Powell River Kings in the best-of-seven Coastal Conference finals, the Eagles kept their season afloat Thursday night with a 3-1 road victory to force Game 6.

Playing in a hostile environment – Hap Parker Arena, where the Kings lost just four times during the regular season – the Eagles scored three unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes to erase an early 1-0 deficit to earn the win. 

After Powell River’s Craig Dalrymple opened the scoring 12:20 into the first period with a power-play goal, the Eagles responded in the second frame on an unassisted power-play marker from Jeff Vanderlugt. 

In the third, Hayden Trupp and Richard Vanderhoek scored four minutes apart to extend the lead.

Veteran goalkeeper Karel St. Laurent was also instrumental in extending the series – stopping 44 of 45 Kings’ shots. He was named the game’s first star.

Game 6 goes tonight (7 p.m.) at South Surrey Arena. 

Should Surrey win tonight, thus forcing a seventh and deciding game, it will be played Saturday in Powell River.