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Burman backstops Clips to road win

Taz Burman made 47 saves for his first BCHL shutout as the Nanaimo Clippers defeated the host Powell River Kings 4-0.

For the second night in a row the Clippers were decidedly outshot but they got three goals in the first period with Jamie Collins, Cal Babych and Parker Colley doing the damage. Preston Brodziak’s first goal of the season was the final Nanaimo goal and came on the power play in the second.

Burman was making just his fourth start in the BCHL and was at his best in the third period when the Kings outshot Nanaimo 17-4. He now carries a .939 save percentage through his four starts.

Adam Marcoux made 30 saves and Azzaro Tinling’s second-period goal was the winner for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in a 5-1 home victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Ethan Scardina got the Caps on the board in the first on the man advantage and Tinling’s goal in the second proved to be the difference. Brendan Cherwalk and Alexandre Drapeau made it a four-goal lead before Marcus Mitchell got the ‘Backs on the board. Troy MacTavish added an empty-net goal shorthanded to round out the scoring.

Daniel Chenard stopped all 28 shots and was named 1st Star as he earned his first BCHL win and shutout in a 3-0 triumph over the host Victoria Grizzlies. After a scoreless first, Harrison Blaisdell and Anthony Vincent notched goals in the second and Will Calverley added an empty-net goal with seven seconds to go.

John Wesley scored twice, including the game-winner in the third, as the Surrey Eagles downed the Coquitlam Express 4-2. Aaron White and Wesley made it 2-0 in the first before Josh Wildauer got a shorthanded goal to get the Express on the board. There were no goal in the second and in the final frame, Wesley got the winner 27 seconds in before Eric Linell for Coquitlam and Ryan Brushett for Surrey traded tallies to finish up the scoring. Daniel Davidson made 26 saves for the win while Clay Stevenson stopped 32 for Coquitlam.

Angus Crookshank’s power-play goal early in the third period was the winning goal for the Langley Rivermen in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings. Brendan Budy had the lone goal of the first period for the Rivermen and it remained the only goal until Crookshank’s in the third. Kyle Johnson got the Spruce Kings on the board at 6:54 of the third but they weren’t able to get the equalizer past Braedon Fleming who made 18 saves for the win.

Brett Stapley’s second goal of the game, on the power play in the second period, was the winner for the Vernon Vipers in a 5-2 home victory over the West Kelowna Warriors. Stapley opened the scoring with the only goal of the first and Jimmy Lambert made it 2-0 Vipers on the power play in the second before Willie Reim scored twice in quick succession for the Warriors to tie the game. Stapley scored the winner not long after in the second and Jagger Williamson and Connor Marritt added Vipers goals in the third. Ty Taylor made 29 saves for the win while Nik Amundrud stopped 34 for the Warriors.

Tyler Ghirardosi scored his first two goals of the season for the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 4-1 win over the visiting Penticton Vees. Ghirardosi opened the scoring on the power play in the first and Ross Armour added on with the winning goal in the second. Jackson Keane got the Vees on the board 45 seconds into the third period but it would be the only shot to beat Brandon Wells on the night as he made 19 saves on 20 shots. Ghirardosi got his second and Kale Howarth added the final Trail goal shortly after.

Lucas Sowder had two goals and added two helpers in a Wenatchee Wild 8-1 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Sam Morton and AJ Vanderbeck each scored in the first for the Wild and in the second, Josh Arnold, Jared Christy and Sowder tallied to make it 5-0 before Jackson Doucet got the Bulldogs on the board. Cooper Zech scored late in the second and in the third, Jasper Weatherby and Sowder added the last two Wild goals.