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Around the BCHL – Friday, Nov. 25

BCHL-180x240With his team shorthanded and the score tied, Ty Pochipinski produced the game-winning goal shorthanded to lift the Cowichan Valley Capitals to a 6-4 road win over the Powell River Kings.

Jonny Evans opened the scoring 31 seconds in for the home side but Rhett Kingston had a reply on the power-play not long after. Cam Donaldson and Nicholas Wilson traded tallies after that making it 2-2 after one. In the second, Donaldson gave the Kings the lead but Jared Domin tied it for the Caps just 42 seconds later and Kingston’s second of the game made it 4-3 Caps going to the third.

In the final frame, Tristan Mullin tied the score for Powell River once again but when Ben Verrall went off for high-sticking, Pochipinski tallied the winner with a solo effort. Chris Harpur added the final Caps tally with 20 seconds left. Adam Marcoux made 46 saves in the win for Cowichan.

Bradley Cooper made 33 saves in his BCHL debut and Eric Butte scored twice as the Langley Rivermen downed the visiting West Kelowna Warriors 4-2. After a scoreless first, Butte and Nic Ponak put the Rivermen ahead by two before Jared Marino got one back for the Warriors. John Schuldt’s goal on the man advantage was the winner in the third with Quin Foreman and Butte trading tallies after that.

Connor Brown-Maloski scored twice in the third period, delivering a 3-1 home win for the Trail Smoke Eaters over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Cole Poliziani opened the scoring for Chilliwack on the power-play at 11:11 of the first but Ross Armour got it back for Trail, also on the man advantage. The score remained tied until almost halfway into the third when Brown-Maloski got the winner and he’d add an empty-net goal in the dying seconds to seal it. Zach Dyment made 35 saves in victory while Brendan Barry stopped 30 for Chilliwack.

The Wenatchee Wild scored three times on the power play on the way to a 4-1 home win over the Vernon Vipers. After a scoreless first, the Wild got goals on the man advantage from Charlie Combs, Troy Conzo and AJ Vanderbeck and another shorthanded from Combs to get all the offence they’d need. Steven Jandric broke Garrett Nieto’s shutout bid in the third but he wound up with 24 saves for the win.

Matthew Galajda made all 31 saves and Nathan Looysen supplied the only goal of the game as the Victoria Grizzlies downed the host Nanaimo Clippers 1-0. Scoreless until 17:15 of the middle frame, Looysen finished a play set up by Brett Stirling and Tyler Welsh. It was the only puck to beat Evan DeBrouwer who made 28 saves for the Clips.

Brett Mennear scored a hat trick as part of a 50-shot barrage for the Prince George Spruce Kings in an 8-0 win over the visiting Coquitlam Express. Jarod Hovde’s first-period power-play goal proved to be all that was needed but Kyle Johnson added on in the second and Mennear got his first two on the night. Adam Burnett, Mennear and a pair from Parker Colley came in the third. Tavin Grant made 27 saves for his first BCHL shutout.

Jared Turcotte’s second of the game broke the deadlock, his third-period goal delivering a 4-3 road win for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks over the Merritt Centennials. Turcotte had the lone goal of the first and early on in the second, Zach Risteau tied it for the Cents. After Carson Bolduc put the ‘Backs ahead again, Michael Regush and Henry Cleghorn responded for Merritt. Elijiah Barriga tied it for Salmon Arm heading to the third where Turcotte got the winner. Trevin Kozlowski made 32 saves for the win while Colten Lancaster stopped 36 for Merritt.