Calverley’s late goal puts Chiefs past Wild

Will Calverley’s goal with just 17 seconds left on the clock snagged a 5-4 home win for the Chilliwack Chiefs over the Wenatchee Wild.

Corey Andonovski and Brian Allbee scored 28 seconds apart for the Chiefs in the first before Cooper Zech got one back late in the opening from for Wenatchee. Jasper Weatherby tied the game early in the second but Kaden Pickering restored the Chiefs lead somehow just two seconds later. Zech’s second of the night allowed the Wild to draw even 3-3 heading to the third.

In the final frame, Pickering put the Chiefs ahead but Wenatchee tied it again just 11 seconds after that. Overtime looked like it was going to be needed but in the dying seconds, Calverley played hero for Chilliwack, netting the winner at 19:43.

John Wesley’s goal at 1:45 of overtime, his sixth goal in the last three games, delivered a 3-2 road win for the Surrey Eagles over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Jesse Nelson opened the scoring in the first for the Eagles and shortly after Jarod Hovde tied it for PG, Ty Westgard restored the Eagles lead with a goal in the final minute of the first. Kyle Johnson scored in the second for the Spruce Kings to tie it and it would be the final goal of regulation time. Wesley’s goal in overtime, his tenth of the season, was set up by Westgard while Daniel Davidson made 29 saves for the win.

Gavin Rauser scored twice and Mitch Adamyk made 30 saves to help the Powell River Kings to a 5-3 win over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. Ben Berard and Rauser made it 2-0 Kings early in the first before Spencer McLean got one back for the Smokies. Carmine Buono put the Kings up two again early in the second on the power play but Trail replied with goals by Ross Armour and Carter Jones to even the score 3-3. With just over a minute to go in the second, Kevin Obssuth put the Kings back ahead by a goal going to the third. Rauser’s second of the night was an empty-net goal just as the buzzer sounded

Dustin Melaragni scored in double overtime for the Nanaimo Clippers in a 2-1 win over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Jake Harris opened the scoring for the Clips in the first but Brandon Bergado tied it for the Bulldogs not long after. That would be all the scoring in regulation time despite each team having multiple opportunities on the man advantage in the second and third, including five chances for Alberni Valley. Austin Roden made 21 saves for the win while John Hawthorne stopped 38 for the Bulldogs.

Jackson Keane’s first goal of the season was the winner for the Penticton Vees in a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Vernon Vipers. Jack Barnes got the Vees on the board in the first with Jimmy Lambert tying it later in the opening frame. Cassidy Bowes put the Vees up one in the second and after Niko Karamanis brought the Vipers back even with a shorthanded effort in the third, Keane got the winner just 59 seconds later. Adam Scheel made 31 saves for the win and the game’s 1st Star while Anthony Yamnitsky stopped 25 for Vernon.

Reid Cooper made 41 saves in backstopping the Coquitlam Express to a 2-1 home win over the Langley Rivermen. Jake Brien opened the scoring with a goal in the final minute of the first period. After a scoreless second, John Wojciechowski tied the game with just under six minutes left in regulation but Colby Pederson scored the winner for the Express just 37 seconds later.

The host Salmon Arm Silverbacks built a four-goal lead by the midway point of the second period and led by as many as six in the third before surviving a late Merritt rally to defeat the Centennials 7-4. Grayson Constable and Tanner Campbell scored in the first for the ‘Backs and Rhett Kingston and Trey Thomas made it a four-goal lead before Alex Bourhas got the Cents on the board. Marcus Mitchell, Campbell and Nick Unruh made it a 7-1 Salmon Arm lead which proved important because Rylan Van Unen, Ashton Stockie and Jackson Munro all scored in the span of 3:24 late in the third to bring Merritt back within three.

Ethan Nother’s sixth goal of the season came at 7:50 of the third period and wound up being the winner for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 5-2 win over the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals. After a scoreless first period, Justin Michaelian and Jamie Rome made it 2-0 Grizzlies in the second. Raphael Gosselin got the Caps on the boar in the third but Nother scored the decisive tally after that for Victoria with TJ Friedmann adding insurance not not after. Andrew McCann got the final Cowichan Valley goal and Marty Westhaver rounded out the Victoria scoring. Shawn Parkinson made 28 saves for the win while Adam Marcoux stopped 34 for the Caps.