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Around the BCHL: Friday, Jan. 29

Kevin Massy scored twice from the blueline, including the game-winning tally, and Mitch Benson made 44 saves to help the Victoria Grizzlies to a 6-3 road win over the Island-leading Nanaimo Clippers.

Nanaimo got goals from Devin Brosseau and Troy MacTavish to go ahead 3-2 in the second but the Grizzlies replied with Tyler Welsh, Massy and Alex Peck doing the honours to put them up a pair heading to the final frame.

PJ Conlon added the final Victoria marker, an empty-netter with 29 seconds to go. Welsh took 1st Star with a one-goal, two-assist evening.

Jonathan Desbiens scored a pair and added two assists to lead the West Kelowna Warriors to a 7-1 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The visitors would get all the offence they needed in the first, with Desbiens and Rylan Yaremko scoring. After Kade Kehoe got the lone Caps goal in the second, Bryan Basilico restored the Warriors’ two-goal edge. Desbiens, Garrett Forster, Connor Sodergren and Tyler Anderson all scored in the third to put the game away.

Matthew Graham’s goal 48 seconds into double overtime secured a 4-3 victory for the Langley Rivermen over the host Merritt Centennials. Torrin White opened the scoring for the Riv in the first but Zak Bowles tied it just 30 seconds later. In the second, Brett Jewell put the Cents up one but in the final frame, goals by Max Kaufman and White sandwiched a Henry Cleghorn marker to make it 3-3 at the end of regulation.

August Von Ungern scored twice in the third period to key a Wenatchee Wild comeback in a 4-3 road win over the Surrey Eagles. Matt Baker scored in the first for the Wild and Jeffrey Stewart made it 1-1 heading to the third. Jaxon Joseph’s goal 13 seconds into the final frame put the Eagles ahead before Von Ungern’s pair and a tally from Brendan Harris. Joseph had a late reply for Surrey.

A goal each period allowed the Vernon Vipers to earn a 3-2 home win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The visitors got out to a two-goal lead 3:39 in on tallies by Josh Latta (first BCHL goal) and Kodi Schwarz but Mitch Oliver got one back for the Snakes heading to the first intermission. Ben Butcher tied the game in the second and it was Joe Sacco’s goal in the third that was the winner. Andrew Shortridge made 31 saves for the win.

Tristan Mullin had a pair and Jonny Evans got the winner in the second as the Powell River Kings downed the visiting Coquitlam Express 5-2. Mullin and Nick Halagian scored in the first for the Kings and Evans’ decisive goal came in the middle frame, just before Taylor Green got the Express on the board. Carter Turnbull and Mullin added on in the third before an Austin McIlmurray goal for Coquitlam. Jeff Smith made 29 saves for the win.

The Penticton Vees fired 46 shots on goal and got a pair of Nick Jones markers on their way to a 6-1 home win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Tyson Jost and Owen Sillinger made it 2-0 after one and Jones’ pair came with a Luke Voltin goal to make it 5-0 before Jake Kauppila got Trail’s lone goal. Dante Fabbro added the final Vees tally in the third.