Black, Wood, Tattle earn 3 Stars of the Week

Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Cooper Black, Victoria Grizzlies forward Matthew Wood and Coquitlam Express forward Ryan Tattle have been named the BCHL 3 Stars of the Week.

1st Star – Cooper Black (G) – Nanaimo Clippers

Black turned in a standout performance this weekend while making his BCHL debut in a two-game road set for the Clippers against the Powell River Kings.

On opening night, Black turned aside 33 of 35 shots in a 6-2 Clippers win on the road. The Alpena, Mich. native followed that up the next night with another solid performance, stopping 36 of 37 attempts in a 4-1 win to earn the game’s second star.

Black finished his weekend with a .958 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average, having stopped 69 of the 72 shots that came his way.

2nd Star – Matthew Wood (F) – Victoria Grizzlies

There does not appear to be any kind of sophomore slump when it comes to Matthew Wood’s performance over the first weekend of the BCHL season. Wood wrapped up the first two games of the year with three goals and two assists for five points in a pair of Grizzlies wins.

On Friday, Wood scored his team’s first goal of the season early in the second period to give them a 1-0 lead over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Later on, with the game tied at two, the University of Connecticut commit broke the tie on a third-period power play, scoring the eventual game-winning goal. He added an assist for a three-point night and was named the game’s first star in a 6-2 win.

On Sunday afternoon, Wood was back to filling the scoresheet with another goal and an assist to lead the Grizzlies to a 3-1 victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. He was again named the game’s first star.

3rd Star – Ryan Tattle (F) – Coquitlam Express

A three-year BCHL veteran, Tattle picked up right where he left off last year, notching a goal and five assists for six points in two games, which ties him for the BCHL scoring lead after opening weekend.

In his season debut on Friday, Tattle scored his first of the year and the seventh of the game for the Express to cap off a 7-4 comeback win over the Surrey Eagles. Prior to that goal, he compiled three assists to give him four points on the night. He was named first star of the game.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old from Port Moody, B.C. chipped in with another two assists as the Express dropped a 7-2 decision to the Chilliwack Chiefs.

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Honourable mentions:

Victoria Grizzlies F Connor Eddy: 2GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS
Victoria Grizzlies G Carter Woodside: 2GP – 2W – .944 SV% – 1.50 GAA
Prince George Spruce Kings F John Herrington: 2GP – 4G – 4PTS
Langley Rivermen F Riley Wallack: 2GP – 5A – 5PTS