After a scoreless first, Stephen Seeger put the Cents on the board first but James Miller replied to make it 1-1. Michael Regush scored in the third on the power play for Merritt and it looked like it might stand up as the winner but Gabe Bast managed to pot the equalizer with just 20 seconds left in regulation.
Leahy’s OT winner was his fourth goal of the season. Mat Robson made 19 saves for the win while Colten Lancaster stopped 27 for the Cents.
Jordan Kawaguchi assisted on Kohen Olischefski’s game-winner and later scored the goal that made him the Chilliwack Chiefs all-time leading goalscorer as the Chiefs downed the host Coquitlam Express 4-0. Olischefski opened the scoring in the first and Tommy Lee made it 2-0 late in the opening frame. Kawaguchi scored in the second and Powell Connor added the final goal in the third. Brendan Barry made 17 saves for his third career shutout.
The Nanaimo Clippers scored twice in the third to come back and rescue a point in a 3-3 tie with the host Langley Rivermen. Ryan Barrow scored twice in the first to put Langley in front and after Will LeNeave got the Clips on the board in the second, Barrow scored again to complete the hat trick. LeNeave and Ben Solin tallied in the third to tie the game and overtime settled nothing. Austin Roden made 45 saves for Nanaimo while Bo Didur stopped 12 before turning things over to Braedon Fleming who stopped seven.
Cayden Kraus scored twice in the second period, helping the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a 4-1 win over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. Tristan Bukovec opened the scoring for the ‘Dogs in the first on the man advantage and Kraus made it 2-0 in the second, also on the man advantage. Alex Macdonald and Kraus scored after that making it 4-0 heading to the third where Luke Santerno’s goal spoiled the shutout bid of Carson Schamerhorn, who made 31 saves for the win.
Adam Marcoux made 55 saves, backstopping the Cowichan Valley Capitals to a 5-2 road win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Ayden MacDonald, Jared Domin and George Sennott scored in the first for the Caps, giving them all the goals they’d need. Justin Wilson and Carter Cochrane scored in the opening frame for the ‘Backs but they’d be the only pucks to beat Marcoux on the night. Chris Harpur and Michael Montambault scored power-play goals in the second and third respectively.
The Prince George Spruce Kings built a 3-0 lead and wound up getting the winner from Kyle Johnson in the third in a 6-3 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Tyler Anderson scored in the first with Jamie Huber and Sam De Melo adding on in the second before Nick Minerva scored for Surrey with one second left in the middle frame. Johnson’g goal 1:07 into the third was the crucial PG tally as Ty Westgard and Jeff Stewart scored for Surrey in the third. Huber added his second of the night and Chong Lee (empty net) also scored for PG in the final frame. Tavin Grant made 21 saves for the win.
Tyler Welsh’s power-play goal late in the second was the winner for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 4-1 win over the Powell River Kings. Timothy Friedman opened the scoring for the Grizz on the man advantage late in the first and Welsh’s goal in the second would prove to be enough. Ben Berard got the Kings on the board with a power-play goal in the third but they’d get no closer. Nathan Looysen and Cam Thompson both scored empty-net goals to seal the deal. Matthew Galajda made 28 saves for the win.