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Gosselin is BCHLPOW

Merritt Centennials forward Mathieu Gosselin has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16, the league announced Monday.

Gosselin put up five goals and three assists for eight points in the Centennials three wins this week and is now tied with teammate Bradley Cocca for second in overall scoring in the BCHL and is also tied for first in goals.

The 19-year-old started the week by scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in Merritt’s 7-6 win over the Surrey Eagles on Tuesday. On Friday, Gosselin chipped in with a goal and an assist in the Centennials 7-5 home win over the defending league champion Wenatchee Wild. The Quebec City native finished his week with another two-goal effort, this time in a 5-2 road win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and was named the game’s first star.

With eight points in his first five games, Gosselin has a good chance to surpass his rookie total of 33 points from last season.

After dropping their first two games of the season, Merritt bounced back in a big way this week by scoring 19 goals in their three games to improve their overall record to 3-2-0. They now have four players in the top-six in league scoring with Gosselin and Cocca tied for second with eight points and Matthew Kopperud and Brendan Schneider each tied for fourth with seven.

Honourable mentions:

Merritt Centennials F Bradley Cocca: 1G, 7A, 2nd star
Merritt Centennials F Brendan Schneider: 3G, 4A, 3rd star
Powell River Kings F Ben Berard: 3G, 2A, 1st star, hat trick, GWG
Powell River Kings F Ryan Brushett: 2G 3A, 1st star
Cowichan Valley Capitals G Jack Grant: 1W, 65 saves/69 shots, .942 SV%, 2.00 GAA, 1st star, SO
Trail Smoke Eaters G Adam Marcoux: 2W, 63 saves/67 shots, .940 SV%, 2.00 GAA
Victoria Grizzlies F Alexander Campbell: 3G, 1A, 1st star, hat trick, GWG