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Around the BCHL – Friday, Dec. 30

BCHL-180x240The Chilliwack Chiefs became the first team to defeat the Wenatchee Wild in Wenatchee this season with Connor McCarthy’s double-overtime goal clinching a 4-3 triumph.

Will Calverley put the visitors ahead 1-0 after one but in the second, the Wild scored three times in 4:42 with Brendan Harris getting two and another from Matt Baker. Carver Watson got one back for the Chiefs making it 3-2 Wild going to the third.

In the final frame, Jake Smith got the equalizer almost eight minutes in which set the stage for overtime. After a scoreless first session, McCarthy converted a setup from Calverley and Smith to give the Chiefs the win. Mark Sinclair made 34 saves for the win.

Ty Taylor made all 29 saves for his first BCHL shutout and Jimmy Lambert provided the only goal needed in a 1-0 Vernon Vipers road win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Lambert scored 2:09 into the first period and the goalies stopped everything else after that. Trevin Kozlowski stopped 37 of 38 shots for the Silverbacks.

Linden Marshall backstopped the Trail Smoke Eaters to a 4-0 home win over the West Kelowna Warriors, making 31 saves in the process. Kale Howarth’s first of the game at 8:03 of the first proved to be all the offence needed. He’d scored again in the second followed by Andre Ghantous and Spencer McLean to round out the scoring.

Ashton Calder’s goal early in the third period was the game-winner for the Surrey Eagles in a 4-3 road win over the Coquitlam Express. Keegan Jones opened the scoring for the home side in the first but Jordan Robert replied making it 1-1 after one. Surrey went ahead by two in the second on goals by Darius Davidson and Paul McAvoy but Coquitlam rallied to tie it on goals by Luca Leone and Jake Toor. At 1:56 of the third, Calder got the decisive tally and Keelan Williams closed the door from there, making 13 saves in the third and 36 in the game. Reid Cooper stopped 42 for the Express.

Carmine Buono had two assists in his return to the BCHL and helped the Powell River Kings to a 4-1 home win over the Nanaimo Clippers. Ben Berard opened the scoring for the Kings in the first and in the middle frame, Buono was in on goals by Gavin Rauser and Cam Donaldson, putting the Kings in control. Jake Harris got the Clips on the board in the third but Curtis McCarrick sealed the deal with a late empty-netter. Mitch Adamyk made 27 saves for the win.

Grant Cruikshank scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 Penticton Vees home win over the Merritt Centennials. Cruikshank opened the scoring in the first and Ty Amonte made it 2-0 early in the second. Cruikshank’s second was the decisive tally, making it 3-0 before Henry Cleghorn’s power-play goal got the Cents on the board. Jared Nash and Rylan Van Unen traded markers in the third. Mat Robson made 32 saves for the win.

Tyler Anderson’s double-OT goal capped off a wild night in Prince George and gave the Spruce Kings a 7-6 win over the Langley Rivermen. After Brett Mennear opened the scoring for PG in the first, Langley rattled off three straight with Nic Ponak scoring and a pair from Zac Masson. The Spruce Kings then got goals from Anderson and Mennear making it 3-3 after one. Ben Poisson and Ben Brar then scored in the second to put the Spruce Kings ahead two going to the third but Langley rallied to tie it with Brendan Budy and Cooper Leitch tallying. Brar and McKay Flanagan they alternated goals making it 6-6 and sending it to OT where Anderson’s second of the night won it.

A goal each period and 32 saves from Matthew Galajda did the trick for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 3-1 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Tyler Welsh scored for the Grizz in the first and Drayson Pears’ second-period marker was the winner. Max Newton got the Caps within one in the third but Cam Thompson’s goal with 12 seconds left in regulation sealed the deal for Victoria.