Around the BCHL – Saturday, Oct. 1

BCHL-180x240Nic Jones scored just as the clock struck 0:00 in double overtime to deliver a 3-2 win for the Penticton Vees over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters.

After Jonny Tychonick put the Vees ahead after one, Ryan Moon replied for Trail in the second. Ross Armour put Trail ahead in the third but the lead didn’t last long with Grant Cruikshank tying things up with 1:34 left in regulation.

The first overtime session produced no goals and the Vees were dominant in double-OT, firing 11 shots including Jones’ winner. Zach Dyment made 42 saves for Trail while Mat Robson turned aside 24 for Penticton.

Connor Welsh’s goal 24 seconds into double overtime lifted the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a 3-2 home win over the Vernon Vipers. Ryan Steele opened the scoring for the ‘Dogs in the first but Derek Osik responded for Vernon. The Vipers went ahead early in the second on a Shane Kelly goal and the lead held until midway through the third when Jordan Sandhu’s goal forced the game into overtime. The first OT session settled nothing, but in 3-on-3 play, Welsh scored assisted by Auggie Moore to win it for the home side. Brody Claeys made 33 saves for the win while Cole Demers stopped 25 for Vernon.

Jordan Kawaguchi scored as time was about to expire in double overtime to give the Chilliwack Chiefs a 5-4 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Desi Burgart, Robert Johnson and Darius Davidson scored in the first for Surrey as they led 3-2 after one. Kawaguchi got his first of the game in the middle frame to tie it and in the third, Surrey’s Jacob Dupont put his team ahead briefly before Linden Hora scored to force OT. Kawaguchi converted a Tommy Lee feed to win it at 4:59 of double overtime for the winner. Michael Botiz made 39 saves in defeat while Mark Sinclair stopped 22 for Chilliwack.

Cam Donaldson scored the double-OT winner for the Powell River Kings in a 3-2 home win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Johan Steen and Kyle Betts put the Kings up 2-0 after one but Victoria got one back in the second with Cory Hatcher getting them on the board. The Grizz tied it in the third on a Cody Van Lierop goal setting the stage for OT. With Nathan Looysen off for tripping in double overtime, Donaldson converted on the man advantage for the win. Mitch Adamyk made 29 saves for the win while Matthew Galajda stopped 39 for Victoria.

Matt Kowalski scored the winner and set up the first insurance tally as the Nanaimo Clippers defeated the visiting Coquitlam Express 4-1. Nanaimo outshot Coquitlam 22-5 in the first period but the game was scoreless until Lucas Finner and Kowalski both scored early in the second. David Giunta got the Express back within one but Taylor Karel and Tristan Crozier put the game away for Nanaimo in the third. Cooper Reid made 41 saves for Coquitlam while Austin Roden stopped 27 for Nanaimo.

After falling behind by two, the Cowichan Valley Capitals rallied to down the host Merritt Centennials 4-3 on a late winner from Max Newton. Tyler Ward and Mike Faulkner put Merrit ahead in the second but Michael Montambault replied for the Caps making it 2-1 heading to the third. Josh Owings tied it early in the final frame and after Cade Gleekel briefly put the Cents ahead again, Ryan Hogg equalized and Newton got the winner with 1:21 to go. Lane Michasiw made 40 saves in the win while Jacob Berger stopped 30 for Merritt.

The Wenatchee Wild scored five times in the first period and cruised to a 9-0 win over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Dakota Raabe, AJ Vanderbeck and Jasper Weatherby scored to make it 3-0 by the 5:06 mark of the first to chase starter Brandon Kegler. Backup Trevin Kozlowski was greeted by goals from Colin Burston and Charlie Combs put the home side in control after 20 minutes. Brian Williams, Raabe, Weatherby and Chris Jones scored in the second and that was all the offence on the night. Anthony Yamnitsky made 22 saves for his first BCHL shutout.