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Around the BCHL – Friday, Jan. 13

BCHL-180x240Gavin Payne scored twice as part of a three-goal third period that enabled the Langley Rivermen to secure a 6-3 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Ross Armour opened the scoring for the home side in the first but Cooper Leitch replied late in the frame. In the second, Langley went ahead by two on goals by John Schuldt and Brendan Budy but 18 seconds after Budy’s goal, Blaine Caton responded for Trail and Andre Ghantous made it 3-3 heading to the third.

In the final frame, McKay Flanagan’s goal 40 seconds in was the winner and Payne followed with the insurance and an empty-net tally to seal the deal. Bo Didur made 32 saves for the win.

The Vernon Vipers extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-3 tie against the visiting Vernon Vipers. Austin Adamson opened the scoring for Vernon in the first but Josh Latta tied it for the ‘Backs heading to the second. The middle frame was scoreless and in the third, Justin and Wilson and Latta put the visitors ahead with goals 10 seconds apart but Jagger Williamson got two goals of his own to even the score again. Overtime settled nothing with Nic Tallarico making 35 saves for Salmon Arm and Darion Hanson making 35 stops for the Vipers.

Lawson Fenton made 28 saves and Mitch Newsome’s goal touched off a three-goal third that paved the way to a 6-3 Coquitlam Express home win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Luca Leone and William Lawrence had the Express up two after the first but Haydn Hopkins and Ayden MacDonald scored in the second to bring the Caps level. Christian Bosa and Max Newton then traded tallies 38 seconds apart making it 3-3 heading to the third. Newsome’s winner came just past the midway point of the third with Alex Ambrosio and Lawrence adding the insurance.

Kale Kane’s second of the night was the winner in double overtime for the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 6-5 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. PG led 3-1 after one with Rob Raju (first BCHL goal), Jarod Hovde and Ben Brar doing the damage and Will Calverley having a Chiefs goal. In the second, after Kane and Tyler Anderson traded goals, the Chiefs got markers from Calverley, Ben Fanjoy and Connor McCarthy to go up 5-4. In the third, Brar tied the game with just 10 seconds to go to secure a single point for PG but Kane clinched the win for the Chiefs at 1:35 of the second OT.

The Merritt Centennials all their goals from players named Zack in a 3-2 home win over the Penticton Vees. Zach Court opened the scoring in the first, Zach Risteau made it 2-0 in the second and he got what would be the winner in the third as well. Owen Sillinger got the Vees on the board and Taylor Sanheim got them within one in the final minute but that’s how it ended. Jacob Berger made 34 saves for the win.

Braiden Epp, Connor Sodergren and Stephen Kleysen each scored in the first period for the West Kelowna Warriors, giving them all the offence they’d need in a 5-2 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Nick Fea got the Eagles on the board in the second but Chase Dubois restored the Warriors’ three-goal edge going to the third. Paul McAvoy got the other Eagles goal in the third but Quin Foreman iced it for the home side with an empty-net goal. Gabriel Morency got the win in his first BCHL start, making 24 saves including a first-period penalty shot by Dario Piva.

Despite allowing the opening goal, the Wenatchee Wild responded with four unanswered tallies in a 4-1 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Jordan Sandhu got the ‘Dogs on the board in the first but it wound up being the only shot to get past Anthony Yamnitsky on the night. Dakota Raabe and Sam Morton scored 1:05 apart in the second to give the Wild all the goals they’d need but Tyler Rockwell added on in the third and Matt Baker sealed it with an empty-net goal. Yamnitsky made 19 saves for the win while Brody Claeys stopped 44 for Alberni Valley.

Kyle Betts scored twice as part of a six-goal second period for the Powell River Kings in an 8-0 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers. After a scoreless first, the Kings broke out in the second with Carter Turnbull getting the winner, followed by Jonny Evans and Betts’ pair. Curtis McCarrick and Cam Donaldson also scored in the second with Carmine Buono and Trent Bell (first BCHL goal) scored in the third. Brian Wilson made 34 saves for the shutout.