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Around the BCHL – Friday, Nov. 4

BCHL-180x240A three-goal third period allowed the Trail Smoke Eaters to come back and defeat the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings 5-4.

Prince George got two goals in the first and the same in the second. Jarod Hovde and Ethan de Jong did the damage in the first while Brett Mennear and Chong Lee scored in the second.

In the final frame, Trail dug deep and started the rally with a Blaine Caton power-play goal. Mitch Barker tied the game and Luke Santerno scored the winner not long after that. Zach Dyment made 35 saves in the win while Tavin Grant stopped 29 for PG.

Carter Turnbull’s goal 1:13 into double overtime delivered a 3-2 home win for the Powell River Kings over the Merritt Centennials. Brett Jewell put the Cents ahead in the first but goals from Ian Ross (first BCHL goal) and Tristan Mullin put the King up 2-1 heading to the third. Zach Ristean tied the game for the Cents in the third, setting the stage for OT.

Matthew Galajda stopped everything that came his way, backstopping the Victoria Grizzlies to a 4-0 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Cole Pickup’s goal in the first proved to be the winner but it was still just a one-goal game into the third when the Grizz added insurance. Timothy Friedman got the second goal and then empty-netters came from Justin Michaelian and Tyler Welsh.

Despite allowing the first two goals of the game, the Cowichan Valley Capitals rallied with five unanswered tallies to pull off a 5-2 home win over the Vernon Vipers. Niko Karamanis scored in the first and Chris Jandric made it 2-0 for the visitors in the second. Ben Verrall got one back for the Caps in the second and it the third, Max Newton, Ayden MacDonald, Nii Noi Tetteh and Ty Pochipinski all scored to complete the comeback. Lane Michasiw made 35 saves for the win.

Duncan Campbell scored twice in the first period of his first BCHL game and it would be all the offence the Penticton Vees needed in a 4-1 win over the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Grant Cruikshank made it a three-goal Vees lead in the second before Elijiah Barriga got the ‘Backs on the board. Owen Sillinger had the final Vees tally in the second. Mat Robson made 33 saves for the win.

Aaron O’Neill scored the first and last goals of the game for the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 6-1 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers. After O’Neill’s opener in the first, Cole Poliziani got the winner in the second. Derek Osik, Jake Smith and Linden Hora made it 5-0 in the third before Ben Solin got the Clips on the board. O’Neill rounded out the scoring to finish up. Mark Sinclair made 26 saves for the win.

Cooper Leitch scored three goals, completing his hat trick with one second left, as the Langley Rivermen downed the visiting Surrey Eagles 6-3. Leitch opened the scoring in the first, Jordan Robert tied it for Surrey in the second and Brendan Gulka got his first BCHL goal to put Langley ahead once more. Paul McAvoy equalized for Surrey before Ryan Barrow and Nic Ponak got the decisive Rivermen tallies. Leitch completed his hat trick in the third. Ashton Calder had the other Surrey goal.

Charlie Combs scored a hat trick for the third-straight game as the Wenatchee Wild dumped the visiting Coquitlam Express 10-2. It was 2-0 Wild after one on goals by AJ Vanderbeck and Combs. Brian Williams made it 30-0 in the second before Combs tallied twice to finish his hat trick. Dakota Raabe and Brendan Harris made it a seven-goal cushion before Cal Babych got the Express on the board. The Wild added three more after that. Blake Hayward got the other Express goal.