Surrey Eagles forward John Wesley jumps over the stick of a Prince George Spruce Kings player during a game earlier in the two teams’ second-round series. Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday night in South Surrey. (Garrett James photo)

Spruce Kings beat Eagles 4-1, setting up Game 6 in South Surrey Saturday

Victory Saturday will propel Surrey into BCHL’s Coastal Conference finals

The BC Hockey League’s second-round series between the Surrey Eagles and Prince George Spruce Kings is coming back to the Lower Mainland.

The Spruce Kings, who trailed the best-of-seven showdown 3-1 heading to Thursday night’s contest on their home ice, extended the series with a 4-1 victory. Game 6 is set for Saturday night at South Surrey Arena.

Should the Eagles win – they’ve yet to lose to the Spruce Kings on home ice in 2017/18, in regular-season or playoffs – they’ll advance to the Coastal Conference finals against the winner of the Island Division finals, which are currently underway between the Powell River Kings and Victoria Grizzlies, with Powell River up 3-1.

Thursday at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, the Spruce Kings opened the scoring midway through the first period on a goal from Kyle Johnson. In the second period, they extended the lead to 3-0 on a power-play tally from Dustin Manz and, just 40 seconds later, on a strange goal from Blake Hayward, who was credited with his first of the playoffs after the puck took a strange bounce and went right over the head of Eagles’ goalie Mario Cavaliere.

In the third, Prince George went up 4-0 on a goal from Patrick Cozzi – just 48 seconds into the period – before the Eagles were able to get onto the board, thanks to a Desi Burgart goal at the 11:56 mark.

Burgart’s goal boosts his playoff total to 10 in just 11 games – nearly halfway to the 22 he scored during 53 regular-season games.

Puck drop for Game 6 is set for 7 p.m. at South Surrey Arena. If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played in Prince George Sunday night.

Just Posted

Artist, history buff named Surrey Civic Treasures for 2018

Roxanne Charles and Jim Foulkes to be recognized at Oct. 2 event

Surrey woman’s ‘tell-all’ book aims to help those struggling with domestic violence

Second book details abusive marriage, how people failed her

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner bids farewell in tearful State of City Address

Outgoing mayor announces Director of Housing, looks back at Surrey’s evolution, and pokes fun at her ‘media missteps’

ZYTARUK: Hepner, to her credit, rose to the occasion

She could have used her last address to make political digs, pitches and slights. She did not.

VIDEO: Story surrounding new playground at Surrey hospital a real ‘tear-jerker’

Dad began planning after his son had surgery in Surrey and he saw too many sad faces

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates Russia

There was no mention of Russia publicly accepting a state-sponsored conspiracy to help its athletes win Olympic medals by doping.

Burnaby pedestrian in hospital after being hit crossing busy street

Driver remained on scene, is speaking to RCMP

Nanaimo’s Tilray pot stock continues rising, firm now worth more than $21 billion US

The B.C. company’s shares have risen more than 1,000 % since its initial public offering in July

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Most Read