Around the BCHL – Saturday, Dec. 10

Ryan Steele set up two goals in the second period, including the game-winner by Trevor Cosgrove, as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs claimed a 4-2 comeback win on the road over the Powell River Kings.

The home side led 2-0 after one, getting goals from Jonny Evans and Jake Kohlhauser but they’d be the only pucks to get past Brody Claeys on the night. Darren Rizzolo cued the ‘Dogs comeback in the second and Jordan Sandhu scored shortly after to tie it. Cosgrove’s goal at 16:56 of the middle frame was the winner.

Jake Witkowski tacked on an empty-net goal to seal the deal late in the third. Claeys made 31 saves for the win while Brian Wilson stopped 21 for the Kings.

Cooper Watson and Riley Brandt each scored twice for the Vernon Vipers in a 6-2 home win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Watson opened the scoring in the first and after Kale Howarth tied it for the Smokies, Brandt and Connor Clouston responded to provide the Vipers all the goals they’d need. Jagger Williamson and Watson notched tallies in the second with Brandt and Ryan Moon trading¬†goals in the final frame. Darion Hanson made 26 saves for the win.

Mark Sinclair stopped 24 shots, including everything in the second period when his team was outshot 12-2, backstopping the Chilliwack Chiefs to a 3-0 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Kohen Olischefski’s goal early in the first proved to be all the offence needed but Jake Smith added another late in the opening frame. Will Calverley had the other goal for the Chiefs, 35 seconds into the third period. The shutout was Sinclair’s first in the BCHL.

Brian Williams scored on the power play in the third and Matt Baker added a shorthanded goal for insurance for the Wenatchee Wild in a 3-1 road win over the Victoria Grizzlies. AJ Vanderbeck opened the scoring for the Wild in the first but Cole Pickup replied for the Grizz just over four minutes later. That would be all the scoring until the third when the Wild’s pair of special-teams goals won it. Anthony Yamnitsky made 23 saves for the win while Tony Rehm stopped 40 for Victoria.

Owen Sillinger and Grant Cruikshank scored twice each for the Penticton Vees in a 5-1 home win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Ayden MacDonald opened the scoring for the visitors but that would be the only puck to get past Mat Robson on the night. Sillinger and Cruikshank replied in the first for the Vees, putting them in front to stay. Riley Rysling scored early in the second with Sillinger and Cruikshank both scoring their second of the game early in the third.

A three-goal third period allowed the West Kelowna Warriors to come from behind and defeat the host Merritt Centennials 4-2. Nick Fidanza and Jon Russell traded tallies in the opening frame and a Zach Bleuler power-play goal put the Cents ahead 2-1 in the second. Still trailing past the midway point of the third, West Kelowna got the equalizer from Stephen Kleysen and the winner on the man advantage from Michael Ryan. Braiden Epp added an empty-netter with 19 seconds to go. Shane Farkas made 36 saves for the win while Jacob Berger stopped 27 for the Cents.