Around the BCHL – Friday, Nov. 11

BCHL-180x240Looking for their first win in November, the Vernon Vipers went into an unlikely place to find it¬†– Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre – but still came away with a 3-2 victory over the Vees.

Niko Karamanis scored twice in the first to put the Vipers ahead and they made it a three-goal edge when Steven Jandric scored what would be the winner early in the second. James Miller got the Vees on the board at the 11:00 mark of the second and Chris Klack got them within one late in the middle frame.

Penticton was not able to find the equalizer in the third, despite outshooting the Vipers 9-6 in the period and 28-25 for the game. Ty Taylor made 26 saves for the win, scoring just the second triumph for a visiting team in Penticton this season.

Michael Montambault and Ayden MacDonald scored twice each for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in a 6-3 home win over the Nanaimo Clippers. Montambault and MacDonald scored 49 seconds apart in the first before Tristan Crozier got the Clips on the board. In the second, it was Montambault and Sean Driscoll doing the damage for the Caps – this time 20 seconds apart – after Adam Donnelly had tied the game for Nanaimo. MacDonald got his second of the night in the final frame for insurance before Tate Couglin and George Sennott swapped tallies. Lane Michasiw made 35 saves for the win.

A goal each period and a tandem effort by Trevin Kozlowski and Brandon Kegler in net proved a winning formula for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a 3-2 road win over the Merritt Centennials. Mitch Skapski opened the scoring for the ‘Backs just 28 seconds in but Brett Jewell tied it for the Cents soon after. In the second, Elijiah Barriga put the ‘Backs ahead on the man advantage but again the Cents had a reply as Stephan Seeger scored in the final minute of the middle frame. It was Carson Bolduc’s goal in the opening minute of the third that was the winner. Kozlowski¬†took over for Kegler in net to begin the third and made all nine saves to earn the win; Kegler had stopped 27 of 29 in the first 40 minutes.

A trio of goals in the firs 7:17 of the game proved to be all the offence needed for the Victoria Grizzlies on the way to a 5-2 road win over the Powell River Kings. Cam Thompson, Drayson Pears and Timothy Friedman did the honours for the Grizz in the first, prompting Powell River to make a goalie change, inserting Brian Wilson for Mitch Adamyk. The Kings were a determined bunch in the second, outshooting Victoria 23-12 in the period, but they went down 4-0 on a shorthanded goal by Keyvan Mokhtari before Jonny Evans got Powell River on the board. Ian Ross and Tyler Welsh swapped tallies in the third. The Grizzlies’ Matthew Galajda was named the game’s 1st Star after making 44 saves for the win.

Jarod Hovde scored twice, including the game-winner, and set up two others as the Prince George Spruce Kings earned a 6-3 road win over the Coquitlam Express. Travis Schneider, Parker Colley and Hovde made it 3-0 PG in the first before Alex Ambrosio got the Express on the scoresheet. Hovde’s goal on the power play in the second wound up the winner; Schneider got his second of the night after that and Christian Bosa got his first BCHL goal for the Express late in the second. Ryleigh Anderson for Coquitlam and Sam De Melo for PG traded tallies in the third. Tavin Grant made 32 saves for the win.