Eagles come back, claim OT win at home

Despite falling behind 3-0 early in the second period, the Surrey Eagles rallied and wound up getting the OT winner from newly acquired Ryan Brushett in a 5-4 home win over the Langley Rivermen.

The visitors went up a pair in the first with Trevor St. Jean (1st BCHL goal) and Brendan Budy scoring and they made it 3-0 on Eric Butte’s goal at 4:04 of the second. But the home side responded in the middle frame with Dom Masellis, Desi Burgart and Jonny Wesley tallying to tie it going to the third.

Budy and Burgart traded power-play goals in the third to set the stage for overtime where Brushett, who just joined the Eagles from Vernon, scored the deciding marker at the 1:41 mark. Daniel Davidson made 31 saves for the win.

Matt Kowalski completed a natural hat trick for the West Kelowna Warriors to lead them to a 4-3 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Parm Dhaliwal and Kowalski had the Warriors up two after the first and it got to be 3-0 in the middle frame on Kowalski’s second. But Trail replied soon after with Blaine Caton and Levi Glasman (1st BCHL goal) tallying. Kowalski notched his third with the Warriors on the man advantage making it a two-goal edge for the visitors going to the third. Ross Armour got the Smokies back within one in the third but that would be as close as they got. Nik Amundrud made 27 saves for the win.

Owen Sillinger and Lukas Sillinger scored seven seconds apart early in the first period to help the Penticton Vees to a 4-2 road win over the Merritt Centennials. The visitors carried the two-goal edge to the second but Merritt would tie it with Zach Court and Zach Zorn providing the offence. But that would be all the scoring for the Cents as Jonny Tychonick potted the winner on the power play for the Vees and Taylor Ward sealed the win with a late goal in the third. Adam Scheel made 25 saves for his first BCHL win.

The Nanaimo Clippers used a four-goal third period to come from behind and down the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs 5-3. The ‘Dogs led 2-0 after one with Cayden Kraus and Julian Benner (1st BCHL goal) doing the damage. Nanaimo got one back in the second from Parker Colley and then they got three in the span of 1:13 in the third courtesy of Brady Lynn, Tristan Crozier and Ben Pirko (1st BCHL goal) to take the lead. Christian Simeone (1st in the BCHL) got one back for the Bulldogs but Jamie Collins iced it for the clips with an empty-netter.

Will Calverley scored a hat trick for the Chilliwack Chiefs and Patrick Cozzi notched a pair for the host Prince George Spruce Kings in a see-saw affair that saw the teams skate to a 5-5 tie. Calverley’s opener just 34 seconds in was the first goal of the 2017-18 BCHL season and after Cozzi responded just over a minute later, Calverley got his second to make it 2-1 for the visitors going to the second. Cozzi, Dylan Anhorn (1st BCHL goal) and and Jarod Hovde scored in the span of 2:12 in the middle frame to put PG up a pair but Sean Thomson (1st BCHL goal) and Calverley answered to tie it 4-4 going to the third. Wyatt Elmer scored what looked to be the winner for Chilliwack in the final frame but Liam Watson-Brawn scored in the final minute to rescue a point for PG. Daniel Chenard made 34 saves for the Chiefs while Evan DeBrouwer turned aside 26 for PG.

Jesse Lansdell scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Vernon Vipers downed the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5-1. Jagger Williamson and Lansdell tallied in the first and Lansdell got his second in the second period to make it 3-0 going to the final frame. Jack Judson and Alex Swetlikoff, both with their first BCHL goals, put the Vipers up five in the third. Justin Wilson spoiled Anthony Yamnitsky’s shutout bid in the third as he wound up with 21 saves for the win.

Jonny Evans scored once and set up three others to help the Powell River Kings to an 8-2 home win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Jack Long and Callum Volpe put the home side up two after one and in the second, Kyle Kawamura, Carter Turnbull, Kevin Obssuth (1st BCHL goal) and Evans tallied for the Kings before TJ Friedmann got the Grizz on the board. Hunter Findlater tallied late in the second for Powell River; Ethan Nother and Nathan Kelly traded tallies in the third, both goals the first of their BCHL careers. Mitch Adamyk made 28 saves for the win.