Tanner Marshall stopped 51 shots on the night, including 24 in the first period alone, in backstopping the Trail Smoke Eaters to a 4-3 win against the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Jeremy Lucchini opened the scoring on the power play in the first for the visitors but Josh Latta replied for the ‘Backs as part of a 25-shot onslaught in the opening frame. After Kale Howarth put Trail ahead early in the second, Demetri Kambeitz and Rhett Kingston scored to put Salmon Arm up 3-2 but they’d be be the last shots to beat Marshall on the night.
Howarth and Andre Ghantous scored 39 seconds apart late in the second period to pull out the win for the Smoke Eaters. The ‘Backs outshot Trail 11-7 in the third period but there was no scoring.
Kaden Pickering’s first BCHL goal was a big one, coming 10 seconds into double overtime to give the Chilliwack Chiefs a 5-4 road win over the Langley Rivermen. Brendan Budy’s power-play goal opened the scoring in the first for Langley but Wyatt Elmer replied soon after to even things going to the second. Will Calverley put the Chiefs up in the second only to see John Wojciechowski score for Langley just 10 seconds later. Tommy Lee made it 3-2 Chiefs but again there was a quick reply this time from Carter Stephenson. Chilliwack’s Skyler Brind’Amour and Langley’s Trevor St. Jean then traded markers just 1:39 apart making it 4-4 going to the third, which was scoreless setting the stage for Pickering in double OT.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs peppered visiting Coquitlam Express netminder Cooper Reid with 43 shots on the way to a 5-3 victory. The Bulldogs led by a goal after one with Connor Welsh scoring and in the second, Sam Kozlowski tied it for the Express but Brandon Bergado restored the Alberni Valley lead just 12 seconds after. In the third, Christian Sanda tied it up for the Express but Isaac Tonkin-Parker and Darren Rizzolo tallied for the Bulldogs putting them up a pair. Troy Robillard got Coquitlam back within one on the power play but Ryan Steele sealed the deal with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
The Nanaimo Clippers responded a night after giving up nine goals by allowing just 21 shots on goal in a 5-2 home win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Lucas Vanroboys and Parker Colley put the Clips up two after the first and Jake Harris made it a 3-0 lead early in the second. Ethan Nother got the Grizz on the board just eight seconds after Harris’ goal but Jamie Collins and Vincent Millette had responses for Nanaimo to put them ahead by four. Lucas Clark had the lone tally in the third for Victoria. Noah FeatherStonhaugh Gowe made 19 saves for the win.
Matt Kowalski had what may wind up as the goal of the year with a lacrosse-style scoop-and-tuck job from behind the net for the West Kelowna Warriors in an eventual 3-1 home win over the Merritt Centennials. Kowalski’s goal was the opener with Jared Marino adding on to make it 2-0 after one. Chase Stevenson put the Warriors up three in the second but Jack Vincent spoiled Cole Demers’ shutout bid late in the third with a goal at 18:28. Demers made 33 saves in the win and was named 1st Star.
Bradley Cooper made 36 saves and Liam Watson-Brawn’s second-period goal stood as the difference for the Prince George Spruce Kings in a 4-1 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Patrick Cozzi opened the scoring for PG in the first but Johnny Wesley replied for the Eagles on the man advantage later in the first. Watson-Brawn’s winner came late in the second and Kyle Johnson and Jarod Hovde added on in the third period.
The Powell River Kings fired 51 shots and scored three goals each period as part of a wild 9-7 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Mitch Williams, Kevin Obssuth and Hunter Findlater scored in the first for the Kings with Nicholas Wilson getting the Caps goal 37 seconds after Obssuth. Ethan Scardina got the Caps within one in the second but Ben Berard, Carter Turnbull and Jack Long responded making it 6-2 Kings. Wilson got his second of the game to get the Caps within three heading to the third. Cowichan drew within one after Ty Pochipinski and Hugh Larkin scored 43 seconds apart early in the third but Ethan Kimball gave the Kings breathing room again. Another flurry of goals came late with Cole Broadhurst bringing the Caps within one again before they pulled the goalie for the extra attacker. Gavin Rauser’s empty-net goal proved to be the winner but Alec Zawatsky got the Caps within one again before another empty-net goal by Turnbull.