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Mulcahy scores in OT as Surrey beats Summerside at RBC Cup

The Canadian Press

5/13/2013 11:44:51 PM

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Brett Mulcahy scored at 8:43 into overtime to help the Surrey Eagles rally to beat the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4 on Monday night at the RBC Cup.

Adam Tambellini scored twice and added two assists for Surrey (2-0), which erased a two-goal deficit in the final 14 minutes to join the Brooks Bandits as the only undefeated teams left at Canada's National Junior A Championship.

Trevor Cameron and Devon Toews also scored for the Eagles.

Christopher Caissy had two goals and an assist to lead the offence for Summerside (1-1), which also got goals from JP Harvey and Mitchell Maynard.

The Western Capitals were the first to hit the scoreboard when Caissy danced around a Surrey defenceman and slipped the puck through Eagles netminder Michael Santaguida.

But Tambellini pulled the West Region champions even just less than seven minutes later on a power play.

Harvey restored the Summerside lead at 7:51 of the second period, tipping in a Caissy point shot with the man advantage. But Cameron went up and over the glove of Kevin Bailie 1:56 later to make it 2-2.

The tie would be short lived, however, as Maynard converted on a Western Capitals power play at 12:55, and Caissy's second of the game gave the host side the first two-goal lead at 4-2 heading to the intermission.

The Eagles controlled play in the third period, outshooting Summerside 10-4, and Toews got the comeback started at 6:45, snapping a shot over Bailie's blocker, before Tambellini batted the puck out of mid-air and past the Western Capitals' netminder with 4:25 left.

Both teams came out firing in overtime, combining for 16 shots in almost nine minutes, before Mulcahy wired a shot just underneath the crossbar, spoiling the party for the pro-Summerside crowd of 2,303 at CUP.

Special teams were key for both teams -- Surrey finished 2-for-3 with the man advantage, while Summerside scored twice in four opportunities.

Santaguida got the win in the Eagles' net, making 33 saves. His Western Capitals counterpart, Bailie, was terrific in a losing cause, stopping 42 of 47 shots.

Notes: It was the first meeting between the teams since the Western Capitals beat Surrey 4-3 in the championship game of the 1997 Royal Bank Cup in Summerside. The teams also went to overtime in their preliminary round match-up 16 years ago; the Eagles won that one too, 3-2.