Around the BCHL: Saturday, Jan. 30

Chris Schutz scored twice in 2:24 to start the second period in leading the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a 6-3 road win over the Victoria Grizzlies.

Chris Sarault opened the scoring in the first for the ‘Dogs with Quinn Syrydiuk making it 2-0 before PJ Conlon got the Grizz on the board. Schutz’s pair proved to be the decisive tallies for the visitors though Conlon had his second of the night shortly after.

Adam Donnelly added on in the middle frame for the ‘Dogs and Ryan Finnegan had their final in the third. Nick Guiney got one back for Victoria but that’s how it ended, as Carson Schamerhorn made 26 saves for the win.

Kylar Hope’s goal in double overtime delivered the West Kelowna Warriors a 6-5 road win over the Powell River Kings. Tristan Mullin, Carter Turnbull and Kyle Betts made it 3-0 Kings in the first, causing the Warriors to replace starter Matthew Greenfield with Keelan Williams after 20 minutes. West Kelowna responded with a five-goal second including a pair from Jonathan Desbiens putting them up two going to the third. Goals just 34 seconds apart in the third by Adam Brubacher and Tristan Mullin tied the game and Greenfield was put back in net, where he would go on to get the win making all 12 saves from that point on.

Colin Grannary’s goal in the second period was the game-winner as the Merritt Centennials scored a 5-2 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Nick Fidanza scored in the first for the Cents and after Mark O’Shaughnessy made it 2-0, Jarod Hovde got PG on the board. Grannary’s goal followed that, making it 3-1 going to the third. Chong Lee got the home side back within one but Mitch Lipon and Zach Court scored late in the game to put it away. Cole Kehler made 30 saves for the win.

Lane Michasiw made 30 saves for the shutout and 1st Star honours while Ayden MacDonald scored twice in a Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-0 home win over the Coquitlam Express. Mitch Meek’s goal in the first proved to be all the scoring needed but MacDonald added a pair in the second along with a Ryan Burton goal. Matt Hudie added the final Caps tally in the third period.

Blake Christensen’s goal early in the third was the winner as the Wenatchee Wild downed the host Langley Rivermen 5-2. Goals by Justin Szeto and Jason O’Neill put Langley ahead 2-0 after one but that would be all that would get past Chase Perry on the night. Kyle Stephan and Dakota Raabe scored to tie it in the second with Christensen, August Von Ungern and Mike Coyne tallying in the third.

Scott Conway scored a second-period hat trick, making the Penticton Vees 4-3 winners over the host Trail Smoke Eaters. Nolan Redler opened the scoring in the first for the Smokies but Conway tied it early in the second followed shortly after by a goal from Chris Gerrie to put Penticton ahead. Kyle Star tied the game briefly but Conway finished his hat trick to restore the Vees advantage. Kale Howarth scored in the third for Trail but that’s how it ended.

Ross Heidt had a natural hat trick for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Nick Hutchinson chipped in a pair as they defeated the visiting Vernon Vipers 6-1. Hutchinson’s pair in the first wound up being all the support Angus Redmond would need on the night as he made 28 saves for the win. Heidt made it 3-0 going to the first intermission and he got his second in the second. Colton McCarthy got the Snakes on the board in the final frame but Heidt completed his hat trick with Josh Latta adding on the final ‘Backs goal.

Despite allowing the first two goals of the game to former Chief Kurt Black, Chilliwack came back and beat the visiting Surrey Eagles 5-2. Black had Surrey up 2-0 after 20 minutes but goals by Dennis Cholowsk, Darien Craighead and a pair by Jesse Lansdell in the second put the Chiefs in charge. Linded Hora had the final Chilliwack goal in the third. Aidan Pelino made 21 saves for the win.