Surrey Eagle forward Joe Drapluk played the role of hero Wednesday

Drapluk OT goal gives Eagles second win

Rookie netminder Daniel Davidson earns first career victory for Surrey Eagles in victory over Salmon Arm

Perhaps some puck luck is returning to the Surrey Eagles.

After starting the BC Hockey League season with six straight losses – including two in overtime – the South Surrey-based team earned its second consecutive victory Wednesday night.

And in overtime, no less.

The Eagles got their second win of the young season with a 3-2 come-from-behind effort against the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Things looked bleak for the Birds in the early stages of the game, as the Silverbacks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from former Eagle Josh Blanchard – who was just traded to Salmon Arm last week – and Carson Bolduc.

The second period was a reversal of fortunes for the home team, however, as the Eagles squared away the score at 2-2 on goals by Trevor McLean – who fired a blast from the blue-line – and captain Chase McMurphy.

Neither team broke the deadlock in the third period, which sent the game to overtime.

And little time was wasted in the extra session, as Eagles forward Joe Drapluk sent the fans home happy, scoring the winner just 12 seconds into overtime.

Not only did the win give Surrey two more points in the BCHL’s Mainland Division standings – they’re now 2-4-0-2 and sit third, five points back of first-place Prince George – the game was also rookie goaltender Daniel Davidson’s first career BCHL victory.

The 16-year-old Surrey native – who had only appeared in relief of  starter Christian Short prior to Wednesday’s start – stopped 32 of 34 shots.

The Eagles have a light schedule over the Thanksgiving weekend, playing just one home game Sunday afternoon against the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters.

Wednesday, the Eagles travel to Langley to face the division-rival Rivermen.

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