Making his season debut with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Nic Tallarico stopped 51 of 54 shots, keeping his team in the game until Carter Cochrane scored at 2:25 of double overtime to give the ‘Backs a 4-3 road win over the Penticton Vees.
Salmon Arm jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Josh Arnold (first BCHL goal) and Mitch Skapski scoring but Ty Amonte got one back before the first intermission. Early in the second, Jared Turcotte restored the visitors’ two-goal edge with the only goal of the middle frame.
Owen Sillinger got one back for the Vees just over a minute into the third and in a final frame that saw Penticton throw 15 shots on goal, they finally found the equalizer with the extra attack and only 20 seconds left on the clock as Duncan Campbell forced OT. Tallarico continued to weather the storm as Penticton outshot Salmon Arm 6-1 in the first OT, setting the stage for Cochrane’s heroics.
Cayden Kraus’s shorthanded goal in the second period was the winner for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in a 4-1 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. It was 1-1 after one with Luke Santerno opening the scoring for the Smokies and Kyle Kaufman replying for the ‘Dogs. Brody Claeys closed the door after that and wound up with 33 saves in the win. Kraus scored the decisive goal early in the second with Keith Anderson off for boarding. Anderson would score in the third along with Jordan Sandhu to round out the ‘Dogs offence.
The Nanaimo Clippers built a four-goal advantage and then withstood a Cowichan Valley Capitals late rally to pull off a 5-4 home win. Vincent Millette and Myles Cunningham had the Clips up two after one and in the second, after Michael Montambault got the Caps on the board, Jamie Collins scored twice making it 4-1 going to the third. Taylor Karel put the Clips up 5-1 in the third before Chris Harpur, Alec Zawatsky and Jared Domin closed the lead to one but they couldn’t muster the tying goal.
Zac Masson’s goal with just 16 ticks to go in regulation forced OT and Cam Ginnetti got the winner at 3:33 of double overtime, lifting the Langley Rivermen to a 5-4 road win over the Coquitlam Express. Luca Leone opened the scoring for the Express in the first but Brendan Budy replied for the Rivermen. Alex Ambrosio and Sam Kozlowski then scored 1:04 apart to put the home side up 3-1 after one. Hayden Knight for Coquitlam and Angus Crookshank for Langley swapped tallies in the second and in the final frame, Ryan Barrow’s power-play goal got Langley within one and Masson tied it in the dying seconds. Ginnetti’s goal was his second game-winner in three games; Chad Cromar came on in relief in net after the first and made 17 saves in 50 minutes’ work for the win.
AJ Vanderbeck scored in the first and Matt Baker added the other goal in the third, all the scoring the Wenatchee Wild would need in a 2-0 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Wenatchee outshot the Eagles each period and 39-12 for the game; Garrett Nieto made all 12 stops for his second shutout of the season. Michael Botiz turned away 37 pucks for Surrey.
Tristan Mullin’s winner came as part of a three-goal Powell River Kings second period on the way to a 5-3 road win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Ben Berard put the visitors in front in the first and in the second, after Kohen Olischefski tied it on the power play for Chilliwack, it was Liam Lawson, Cam Donaldson and Mullin that scored in succession to put the Kings in command. Tommy Lee and Davis Bunz scored in the third for the Chiefs, bringing them within one, but Jonny Evans sealed the deal for Powell River with an unassisted goal. Brian Wilson made 37 saves for the win.
Tyler Welsh scored in the first and again in the second, giving the Victoria Grizzlies all the goals they’d need on the way to a 4-1 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Tyler Anderson got PG on the board in the third, but Cole Pickup and Jamie Rome had Grizz goals in response and Matthew Galajda made 38 saves for the win.
After allowing the first goal, the Vernon Vipers rattled off six unanswered in a 6-1 home win over the West Kelowna Warriors. Michael Ryan got the visitors on the board 4:22 into the first but Niko Karamanis replied soon after and then got the winner late in the opening frame. The second period was scoreless but in the third, Jimmy Lambert, Austin Adamson, Brett Stapley and Ryan Brushett all tallied to round out the Snakes’ scoring. Darion Hanson made 31 saves for the win.