Around the BCHL – Saturday, Jan. 28

BCHL-180x240Darion Hanson made all 39 saves and Austin Adamson broke a scoreless tie in the third period as the Vernon Vipers downed the visiting Nanaimo Clippers 3-0.

Hanson and his Clips counterpart Evan DeBrouwer were both unbeatable through 40 minutes but in the third, Adamson was able to finally get on the scoresheet with an unassisted effort. Niko Karamanis added on shortly after and Adamson added a second to complete the scoring.

Nanaimo bettered their shot total each period with 12-13-14 but were not able to get a puck past Hanson on the night. The shutout was Hanson’s second of the season and earned him the game’s 1st Star nod.

Justin Wilson’s second goal of the night was the winner for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a 3-1 home win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Scoreless after one, Wilson opened the scoring on the man advantage only to have Brett Mennear tie it for PG shortly after. Wilson struck again on the power play in the third and Carson Bolduc added insurance with an empty-net tally. Nic Tallarico made 19 saves for the victory while Tavin Grant stopped 36 for the Spruce Kings.

A five-goal third period powered the Trail Smoke Eaters to a 6-3 comeback win over the visiting Penticton Vees. Griffin Mendel’s first of the season opened the scoring for the Vees in the first and they went up two in the second on a Taylor Ward goal. Blaine Caton scored late in the second to get Trail on the board and they tied the game in the third on a Luke Santerno goal. Nic Jones briefly restored the Vees’ lead but Trail finished the game with four unanswered tallies, Jeremy Lucchini, Ryan Moon, Josh Laframboise and Kale Howarth doing the damage.

Dakota Raabe notched a pair of goals and Devin Cooley turned away all 2o shots in a Wenatchee Wild 5-0 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Raabe’s first in the opening frame proved to be the winner and Charlie Combs’ 45th of the year was the first insurance marker in the second period. Raabe, AJ Vanderbeck and Brendan Harris all scored in the third. Cooley’s shutout was his BCHL-leading fourth of the season.

Max Kaufman scored twice to help the Langley Rivermen to a 5-1 home win over the Coquitlam Express. Kaufman opened the scoring and McKay Flanagan’s goal just past the midway mark of the first wound up being the winner. Brandon Kennedy got the lone Express goal in the opening frame as well but Kaufman and Brendan Budy put the home side in command with goals in the second. Cooper Leitch added the final tally in the third and Braedon Fleming made 22 saves for the win.

Lucas Clark scored twice and Cole Pickup got his league-leading eighth game-winning goal of the season as the Victoria Grizzlies scored a 6-2 road win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Clark and Kyle Kaufmann traded tallies in the first and Nathan Looysen put the Grizz up 2-1 after two. Pickup got the decisive tally in the third and despite Trevor Cosgrove replying just 22 seconds later for the ‘Dogs, that’s as close as they got. Clark, Dayne Finnson and Keyvan Mokhtari scored in the third to round out the scoring.

Jonny Evans scored four goals to lead the Powell River Kings to a 7-2 home win over the West Kelowna Warriors. Evans opened the scoring early in the first and after Chase Dubois tied it, Gavin Rauser put the Kings ahead 2-1 after one. In the second, Carter Turnbull’s goal was the winner and Evans added his second. He scored his hat trick and fourth goals in the third before Logan Mostat got one back for the Warriors. Carmine Buono got the final Kings goal of the night and Brian Wilson made 38 saves for the win.