Goals from Peter Tomaras and Blake Coffey – the first in the BCHL for both of them – plus a tally from Reed Gunville had the visitors up 3-0 after one. It became a four-goal lead early in the second on a Scott Allan tally that chased Brandon Kegler from the net. Salmon Arm rallied as Trevin Kozlowski took over the crease with Justin Wilson and Marcus Mitchell getting the ‘Backs back within two heading to the third.
Jared Turcotte and Connor Sundquist scored 1:14 apart in the third to tie the game, setting the stage for overtime. Barriga converted a setup from Haydn Hopkins and Riley Booth on the man advantage in OT as Mitch Martan was off for hooking. Kozlowski stopped all 26 shots he saw to earn the win.
Owen Sillinger scored the first goal of the game and the last, the latter being the OT winner for the Penticton Vees in a 5-4 victory over the host Langley Rivermen. Penticton led 2-0 after one on Sillinger’s opener and a Chris Klack goal. Langley came back to tie it in the second on tallies from Eric Butte and Andrew Dumaresque but they fell behind by two once again in the third with Grant Cruikshank and Ryley Risling scoring for the Vees. Langley forced it to OT when McKay Flanagan (first BCHL goal) scored and Dumaresque tied it with 28 seconds to go. Sillinger came through at 2:08 of double overtime to win it for Pentitcton.
After allowing a three-goal lead to evaporate, the Nanaimo Clippers got a late goal from Jake Harris to secure a 4-3 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Sean Buchanan, Will LeNeave and Matt Kowalski put the Clips up 3-0 in the first before Ross Armour got one back for the Smokies. Trail would tie it after a Josh LaFramboise goal in the second and Luke Santerno’s equalizer in the third. Harris scored with 5:02 to go in regulation. Evan DeBrouwer made 28 saves for the win.
Jamie Rome scored twice in the first and Nick Guiney’s goal was the winner in the third as the Victoria Grizzlies downed the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals 6-3. The Caps opened the scoring with Simon Chen’s first BCHL goal but Rome replied with a pair and Cory Hatcher made it 3-1 Grizz after one. Ryan Hogg scored in the second to get Cowichan within one but Guiney and Lucas Clark scored for the home side in the third to put them in command. Max Newton and Cam Thompson traded goals after that.
Kyle Betts and Cam Donaldson scored twice each as the Powell River Kings topped the host Coquitlam Express 6-2. Sam Kozlowski opened the scoring for Coquitlam but Donaldson and Tristan Mullin replied to put the Kings ahead after 20 minutes. Jonny Evans made it a two-goal lead in the second and Donaldson and Betts tallied early in the third to put the Kings in control. Owen Stout got one back for Coquitlam but Betts got the final tally of the night.
The Prince George Spruce Kings fired 53 shots on goal and got a pair of goals from both Connor Russell and Tyler Anderson. Jarod Hovde’s goal in the first would be all the offence needed and it remained 1-0 until Russel and Anderson each got their first in the middle frame. Tanner Campbell made it 4-0 heading to the third and in the final frame, Travis Schneider, Brett Mennear, Russell and Anderson rounded out the scoring. Stefan Wornig made 17 saves for his first shutout of the season.