The ‘Backs led 3-2 after the first with Marcus Mitchell, Riley Hayles and Akito Hirose tallying while Tanner Wishnowski and Brett Stapley scored for Vernon. Mitch Stapley put the visitors up two early in the second but replies from Brett Stapley and Josh Prokop tied it going to the third.
Logan Mostat put Salmon Arm ahead again early in the third but on a ‘Backs power play in the middle of the final frame, Lambert scored shorthanded to tie it and then followed shortly after with the winner. Lambert also picked up three assists for a five-point night and was named 1st Star.
Brandon Wells made all 21 saves for his first BCHL shutout and Andre Ghantous scored a goal and added two helpers to pace the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 4-0 win over the host West Kelowna Warriors. Levi Glasman’s first-period goal was all that was needed for the visitors. Ghantous scored in the second with Ross Armour and Braeden Tuck (empty net) scoring in the third.
Ethan Nother’s unassisted goal in 3-on-3 double overtime lifted the visiting Victoria Grizzlies to a 2-1 win over the Powell River Kings. Jacson Alexander opened the scoring for Grizz in the first but Ben Raffler tied it late in the opening frame. The second and third periods were scoreless setting the stage for Nother’s winner in OT.
AJ Vanderbeck scored twice to lead the Wenatchee Wild to a 5-3 road win over the Merritt Centennials. The home side got off to a good start with Jack Vincent and Zach Zorn putting them ahead two by the 3:53 mark. But the Wild replied with Sam Morton and Vanderbeck’s pair putting them up 3-2 after one. After a scoreless second, Jasper Weatherby tallied the winner in the third followed by Lucas Sowder. Tyrell Buckley had a late goal for Merritt. Seth Eisele made 25 saves for the win in his first BCHL start.
The Nanaimo Clippers got goals from eight different scorers on the way to an 8-3 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Haydn Hopkins got the home side in front just past the five-minute mark but it was the only lead they’d hold on the night. Jamie Collins, David Melaragni, Jack MacNab, David Silye, Jake Harris and Tristan Crozier scored for Nanaimo in the first to put them up 6-1 after 20 minutes. Brad Belisle got the seventh Clips goal in the second before Ty Pochipinski scored for the Caps. Yuri Davis-Martel scored for Cowichan Valley in the third before Cal Babych scored an empty-netter for Nanaimo. Austin Roden made 32 saves for the win.
The Prince George Spruce Kings also had eight different scorers in an 8-2 home win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Ryan Stack and Ben Poisson put PG up two after one but Nick Ormon and Tommy Lee replied for the Chiefs in the second to tie it but that was all the offence they could muster. Layton Ahac, Shawn Kennedy and Ben Brar scored for the Spruce Kings to put them ahead for good. In the third, Dustin Manz, Ethan de Jong and Jarod Hovde got the final PG tallies. Evan DeBrouwer made 29 saves for the win.