Mike Teslak is getting a chance that the rest of his Prince George Spruce Kings would like, another crack at beating the Vernon Vipers.
The Surrey Eagles called up Teslak after game two of the BCHL league final, after Aaron McKenzie joined starting Eagles goalie Dustin Slade on the injury list.
In his Eagles debut Teslak kicked aside 43 shots in a losing cause with the Vipers winning 3-2 in double overtime.
The Vipers would draw first blood with Aaron Schepers scoring on the powerplay. The Eagles would even the score when Andrew Kozek. The Eagles took the lead in the second with Matt Girling scoring.
Cody McMullin tied the game up for the Vipers in the third. After a scoreless 1st overtime period, McMullin scored unassisted giving the hometown Vipers the win.
Under BCHL in emergency situations a team can pick up a goalie from another team which is already out of the playoffs. Teslak who played goal for Eagles coach Rick Hillier in Alberni Valley last season found out Tuesday night his season wasn’t quite over.
“I was hanging out at Tyler Scofield’s house on Tuesday night when he got a call from Rick Hillier wanting to know where I was. He told me they were going to try and get me for the next game,” said Teslak, who will be attending Michigan Tech next season.
Teslak said joining a team at this point of the season came easier since he already knows what Hillier expects of him.
“If I was coming into a team where I didn’t know anyone or the coach, I’m kind of comfortable I guess. I have experience with him and it’s just the type of deal I’ll be comfortable playing with him, I’m not too worried about playing for him,” said Teslak. Joining a team in the playoffs isn’t a new experience for Teslak. He did it once before when he played junior B in Nelson.
“It’s part of the game. When I was 16 playing for Nelson we got knocked out of the playoffs in the first round but a team got permission to use me and picked me up. I've kind of done this before. I was a little younger and I wasn’t supposed to play as big of a roll as I am now but it’s happened before. I kind of know what to expect of the team and myself. It should be all right,” said Teslak.