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2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase

Penticton Vees – 6
Chilliwack Chiefs – 3


Victoria Grizzlies – 5
Prince George Spruce Kings – 0

Zachary Rose earned 1st Star after he made all 41 saves and assisted on the empty-net goal to seal the deal in a 5-0 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Lucas Clark’s goal early in the first would be all the offence needed on the night. Carter Berger and Justin Michaelian added on in the opening frame and after a scoreless second, TJ Friedmann scored in the third and Michaelian added the empty-netter with 1:25 to go.

Wenatchee Wild – 3
Nanaimo Clippers – 3

Less than 24 hours after a double-OT win, the Nanaimo Clippers went the distance again but couldn’t get the winner this time in a 3-3 stalemate against the Wenatchee Wild. The first period was scoreless but in the second Noah Kim got the Wild on the board. Nanaimo responded with two goals in 18 seconds with Parker Colley and Vincent Millette doing the honours. Wenatchee almost matched that late in the period with two goals in 19 seconds as Slava Demin and Sam Morton tallied. Jake Harris got the equalizer for Nanaimo in the third with just 39 seconds remaining to snag a point for the Clippers.

POSTGAME: Tristan Crozier discusses going to double overtime in both games, Friday’s OT winner

Trail Smoke Eaters – 4
Powell River Kings – 2

Nanaimo Clippers – 3
Chilliwack Chiefs – 2 (2OT)

Tristan Crozier tipped home the winner 56 seconds into double overtime to deliver a 3-2 win for the Nanaimo Clippers over the Showcase host Chilliwack Chiefs. Opening the scoring for Chilliwack was Corey Andonovski who finished a dazzling solo effort at 8:08 of the first. Nanaimo tied it on a Jamie Collins tally late in the first and went ahead on Jake Harris’ goal near the midway point of the second. Harrison Blaisdell tied the game at 12:23 of the third, setting the stage for OT. The first extra session settled nothing but in double overtime, Maxwell and Tristan Crozier got in on a two-on-one and Maxwell lofted a centering feed that Tristan knocked out of midair and into the net for the win.

REPLAY: Tristan Crozier’s 2OT winner

Penticton Vees – 3
Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 2

Despite falling behind by two in the opening frame, the Penticton Vees rallied for a 3-2 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Jackson Doucet opened the scoring for Alberni Valley and Michael Sacco made it 2-0 with a long drifter in the waning seconds of the first. Penticton made a switch in goal for the second, inserting Adam Scheel and nothing got by him over the final 40 minutes. Ben Allen started the Vees comeback at of the second with his first of two goals and Dakota Boutin tied it early in the third. The game-winner came off Allen’s stick at 7:43 of the final frame.

Powell River Kings – 2
Vernon Vipers – 1

Mitch Adamyk came within 10 seconds of a shutout but had to settle for 35 saves and a 2-1 Powell River Kings victory over the Vernon Vipers. The game was scoreless through 40 minutes but Josh Coblenz got the Kings on the board just 1:24 into the third. Kyle Kawamura scored an empty-netter in the final minute which proved important as Keyvan Mokhtari spoiled Adamyk’s shutout bid in the dying seconds.

POSTGAME: Carter Turnbull on contributing besides on the scoresheet and committing to UConn

Prince George Spruce Kings – 4
Merritt Centennials – 3

Bradley Cooper made 33 saves and Jarod Hovde potted the game-winner in the third period as the Prince George Spruce Kings downed the Merritt Centennials 4-3. Merritt led 1-0 after one on a shorthanded goal by Henry Cleghorn and after Ethan de Jong tied it for PG early in the second, Joey Berkopec restored the Cents lead just 41 second later. The teams would trade tallies throughout the seond with PG’s Dustin Manz snapping one home on the power play to make it 2-2. Chase Bell’s first of the season put the Cents up again but it would be the last shot to get past Cooper on the night. Ben Poisson tied the game again 1:43 after Bell’s goal and in the third, Hovde’s tally early on was the game-winner.

POSTGAME: Bradley Cooper on his first Showcase, closing the door late in the game

Vernon Vipers – 1
Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 1

John Hawthorne made 43 saves for Alberni Valley and took the game’s 1st Star nod in what was the first tie of the Showcase. Ryan Steele opened the scoring for the Bulldogs on the power play at 8:52 of the second and it remained the only goal of the game until Jack Judson scored unassisted at 6:52 of the final frame. Alberni Valley got a power-play opportunity in double overtime but nothing was settled in the extra sessions.

REPLAY: John Hawthorne’s breakaway save

West Kelowna Warriors – 2
Cowichan Valley Capitals – 1

Stephen Kleysen’s second goal of the Showcase was the winner and came just past the midway point of the second period in a 2-1 Warriors triumph over Cowichan. Chase Dubois opened the scoring for the Warriors just 44 seconds into the game but it was the only goal of the opening frame. Hugh Larkin tied it for the Caps at 8:18 of the second but Kleysen’s winner came just 3:06 later. Cole Demers was called on to make 42 saves for the win while Adam Marcoux stopped 25 for the Caps.

Langley Rivermen – 4
Merritt Centennials – 3

Nic Ponak scored a hat trick, including the winner late in the third period, as the Rivermen downed the Cents 4-3. Ponak opened the scoring with the only goal of the first but Merritt’s Nicholas Wicks tied it in the first minute of the second. Ponak’s second restored the Rivermen lead but Merritt got goals from Zach Zorn and Christian Sabin to take a 3-2 edge to the third. In the final frame, Brendan Budy evened the score again at the 1:30 mark and Ponak’s hat trick goal – as shorthanded, unassisted effort – Β won it with just under three minutes to go.

REPLAY: Nic Ponak converts on a setup from Sean Gulka

POSTGAME: Nic Ponak on two of his goals, linemates and the season ahead

Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3
Surrey Eagles – 2 (OT)

Nic Tallarico made 45 saves and Austin Chorney scored the OT winner for the ‘Backs as they completed their Showcase showing with four points. Surrey led 1-0 after one on a goal by Mack Merriman and the Eagles outshot Salmon Arm 20-2 in the opening frame. Rhett Kingston tied it for the ‘Backs in the second and in the third, Salmon Arm went ahead on a tally by Marcus Mitchell. Jordan Robert scored for Surrey with just 3:33 to play, setting the stage for OT where Chorney finished a solo rush down right wing with the winner.

REPLAY: Austin Chorney’s overtime winner

West Kelowna Warriors – 7
Coquitlam Express – 2

Nik Amundrud made 30 saves while Matt Kowalski had a goal and two assists, helping the Warriors to a 7-2 win over Coquitlam. Josh Wildauer opened the scoring for Coquitlam but it was tied up by Kowalski late in the first. Stephen Kleysen scored on the man advantage early in the second with Willie Reim and Chase Stevenson also supplying goals in the middle frame. Max Bulawka, Matthew Campese and Jared Marino all tallied in the third before Haydn Hopkins got one back for the Express.

POSTGAME: Warriors D-man Stephen Kleysen on getting a good start at the Showcase

Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3
Cowichan Valley Capitals – 2

In the first game of the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase, Josh Latta’s goal early in the third period was the winner in 3-2 Salmon Arm Silverbacks victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Latta had also scored late in the second and his pair of goals earned him the game’s 1st Star. Bo Didur made 25 saves for the win while Yann Dery made 35 stops for the Caps.

POSTGAME: Silverbacks captain Grayson Constable with his thoughts on a win in the Showcase opener