Around the BCHL – Friday, Jan. 6

BCHL-180x240Lawson Fenton made 36 saves and Jake Brien’s second goal of the season was the game-winner in the second period as the Coquitlam Express downed the visiting Surrey Eagles 5-2.

William Lawrence opened the scoring for the Express in the first and Alex Ambrosio made it 2-0 heading to the first intermission. Darius Davidson’s goal in the first minute of the second got the Eagles on the scoresheet but Brien’s goal followed by Mitch Newsome put the Express ahead 4-1 going to the third.

Ty Westgard for Surrey and Cal Babych for Coquitlam traded tallies in the third and Fenton turned aside 12 of 13 shots in the final frame to secure the win.

Connor Sodergren scored twice, including the game-winner, as the West Kelowna Warriors earned a 4-1 home win over the Merritt Centennials to go two points up on the Cents in the standings. After a scoreless first, Chase Stevenson scored his first BCHL goal to put the Warriors ahead 1-0 after 40 minutes. Sodergren’s first was the winner and Logan Mostat followed making it 3-0. Zach Court got the Cents’ lone tally but Sodergren got his second shortly after. Cole Demers made 38 saves for the win and 1st Star.

Brady Lynn got his first BCHL goal in the first and Aidan Casey notched the winner in the second for the Nanaimo Clippers in a 2-1 home win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Nicholas Wilson scored in the third for the Caps to break Evan DeBrouwer’s shutout. DeBrouwer wound up with 23 saves for the win while Lane Michasiw stopped 26 for Cowichan Valley.

A quartet of scorers got on the board for the Langley Rivermen in the first period helping them to a 5-4 home win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Tyler Welsh opened the scoring just 23 seconds in for the visitors but Zac Masson had a reply for Langley. Marty Westhaver put the Grizz ahead again briefly before Cam Ginnetti, Max Kaufman and Gavin Payne tallied to put Langley up 4-2 after one. Sean Gulka had the lone goal in the second, putting the Rivermen ahead by three but in the third, Nathan Looysen and Cam Thompson scored to get Victoria within one but that’s as close as it got. Bo Didur made 44 saves for the win.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks got two goals and allowed one each period as they downed the host Trail Smoke Eaters 6-3. Ross Armour opened the scoring for the Smokies in the first but Elijiah Barriga replied with his first of two and Josh Blanchard also scored to put the ‘Backs ahead. Andre Ghantous got his first of two in the second to tie it but 10 seconds later, Barriga got his second and Carter Cochrane’s goal late in the second was the winner. Ghantous scored early in the third but empty-net goals from Mitch Skapski and Justin Wilson sealed it for Salmon Arm. Nic Tallarico made 43 saves for the win.

Tristan Mullin had a hat trick while Jonny Evans, Cam Donaldson and Kyle Betts scored twice each for the Powell River Kings in a 10-4 win over the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings. Donaldson opened the scoring and Mullin got his first two goals in the first while Tyler Anderson had a PG goal and it was 3-1 Powell River after one. There were four goals in 1:41 early in the second including Powell River’s Ben Berard and PG’s Bryan Allbee followed by Evans’ pair. Chong Lee and Ben Poisson brought the Spruce Kings to within two but Mullin completed his hat trick soon after and the home side led 7-4 going to the third. Betts got two i the final frame and Donaldson got his second as well.