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Around the BCHL – Saturday, Jan. 21

BCHL-180x240Zac Masson scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Langley Rivermen downed the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs 6-3.

Chilliwack got both their goals in the first period and led 2-1 with Jake Smith and Justin Dixon goals sandwiching a Max Kaufman tally for Langley. But the Rivermen tied it when Ryan Barrow scored and went ahead to stay when Masson got his first of the night at 19:59 of the first.

Masson added insurance in the second, followed by Frank Boie and Brendan Budy. Bo Didur made 20 saves for the victory.

Chris Klack set up his team’s first goal of the game and he later added an insurance marker of his own in a Penticton Vees 4-2 home win over the West Kelowna Warriors. After a scoreless first period, Connor Sodergren opened the scoring for the Warriors but Klack then set up Nic Jones to tie it and the Vees went up a goal on an Owen Sillinger power-play tally. In the third, Chase Stevenson drew the Warriors even again but Grant Cruikshank put the Vees up to stay and Klack got the final tally shortly after. Mat Robson made 26 saves for the win.

A goal each period and 25 saves from Mitch Adamyk was a winning formula for the Powell River Kings in a 3-1 road win over the Vernon Vipers. Steven Jandric’s 20th goal of the season opened the scoring but would be the only Vipers goal on the night. Jonny Evans tied the game in the final minute of the first and Matthew Cairns’ first BCHL goal, in the final minute of the second, was the winner. Tristan Mullin added the final Kings tally in the third.

Jamie Collins’ goal 1:32 into overtime lifted the Nanaimo Clippers to a 3-2 road win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Vincent Millette for the Clippers and Jake Witkowski for the ‘Dogs traded tallies in the second and in the third, it looked like Nick Rasovic’s goal might stand up for the home side but Jake Harris scored late for the Clips to force OT and set the stage for Collins. Evan DeBrouwer made 36 saves for the win while Brody Claeys stopped 40 for the Bulldogs.

Matt Baker scored twice, including the winner in the second, for the Wenatchee Wild in a 5-3 home win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Baker, Dakota Raabe and Brendan Harris all scored in the first for Wenatchee. In the second, Tanner Campbell got PG on the board but Baker supplied the decisive tally just 1:40 later. Ben Poisson and Charlie Combs traded tallies late in the second as the Wild led 5-2 going to the third. Kyle Johnson got PG’s final goal in the final frame but that’s as close as they got. Anthony Yamnitsky made 26 saves for the win.

Mitch Barker set up three goals and Ethan Martini’s first BCHL goal was the winner for the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 6-3 road win over the Coquitlam Express. It was 2-1 Express after one with Blake Hayward opening the scoring, Kale Howarth tying it and Troy Robillard (first BCHL goal) restoring the Express lead. They went up 3-1 in the second on a Mitch Newsome goal but Trail got markers 47 seconds apart late in the second from Ryan Moon and Josh Laframboise to tie it. Martini got the winner early in the third and Troy Ring and Korbyn Chabot followed for the Smokies. Linden Marshall got the win, coming on in relief midway through the second.

Tyler Ward had a goal and set up two others to take 1st Star honours for the Merritt Centennials in a 5-1 home win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Nicholas Wicks and Chase Bell scored in the first to give the Cents all they’d need. Ward tallied early in the second before Justin Wilson got the ‘Backs lone goal on the night. Ward set up both Zach Court and Mike Faulkner in the third and Jacob Berger made 27 saves for the win.