Lane Michasiw made 29 saves to earn 1st Star and Jared Domin scored the game-winner at 14:12 of the third period as the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals topped the previously undefeated Victoria Grizzlies 2-1.
Scoreless after the first, Rhett Kingston opened the scoring midway through the middle frame for the Caps with his first BCHL goal. The score remained 1-0 until Keyvan Mokhtari tied it for the Grizz just past the middle of the third. Domin scored the decisive goal just over three minutes after that.
Victoria held a 30-27 edge in shots but were held scoreless in six power-play opportunities.
Ryan Barrow and Frank Boie scored twice each for the Langley Rivermen, lifting them to a 4-1 road win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Kohen Olischefski put the homeside out in front 1-0 after one but it would be the only shot to beat Bo Didur on the night as he made 31 saves for the win. Barrow tied the game in the second on the man advantage and in the third, he put them ahead for good with another power-play goal. Those were followed by Boie’s pair to round out the scoring.
Cayden Kraus and Jake Witkowski, with his first BCHL goal, scored in the second period to provide all the offence the Alberni Valley Bulldogs would need in a 2-1 home win over the Penticton Vees. The ‘Dogs’ goals came after a scoreless first and the Vees were held off the scoresheet until late in the third when Nic Jones spoiled Carson Schamerhorn’s shutout bid. The netminder still made 26 saves for the win and 1st Star in his first action of the season.
Quin Foreman’s goal near the midway mark of the third stood up as the winner in a 3-1 West Kelowna Warriors victory over the Vernon Vipers. Nick Rutigliano opened the scoring late in the second but Jagger Williamson responded for the Snakes at 7:59 of the third. The game was tied only briefly as Foreman notched his winner 1:19 later. Mitch Barker added on shortly after that with his first of the season. Recently added Xavier Burghardt made 30 saves in his first BCHL start to earn the win and 1st Star honours.
Chase Bell’s goal early in the second period proved to be the winner as the Merritt Centennials downed the host Trail Smoke Eaters 3-2. Tyler Pietrowski and Tyler Ward scored 1:55 apart in the first to put the Cents ahead but Ross Armour and Ryan Moon responded for the Smokies to make it 2-2 heading to the second. Bell scored the final goal of the game at 2:25 of the second and Colton Lancaster did the rest, making 27 saves for the win.
Austin Roden made 29 saves for the win and Tristan Crozier’s second-period goal, his second of the night, was the winner for the Nanaimo Clippers in a 3-2 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Logan Mostat opened the scoring for the visitors by replies from Shawn Guison and Crozier put the Clips up 2-1 after one. Crozier’s winner came at 14:25 of the second. Andrew Kemp scored for Surrey a little over two minutes later but it would be the last shot to get past Roden on the night.
Reid Cooper made 40 saves for the Coquitlam Express as they took a 3-1 decision over the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Express goals by William Lawrence and Dom Masellis in the first sandwiched a Mitch Skapski goal and were all the markers Coquitlam needed on the night. The second period was scoreless but Luca Leone added the insurance goal early in the third. Salmon Arm outshot Coquitlam 31-10 over the final 40 minutes of the game but couldn’t solve Cooper who was named the game’s 1st Star.
Troy Conzo had a hat trick and the Wenatchee Wild scored four times in the opening 7:23 of the first period on their way to an 11-3 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Goals from Lucas Sowder, Conzo and Slava Demin chased starter Stefan Wornig with Liam McCloskey taking over. Wenatchee would make it 7-0 before Connor Russell got PG on the boar. Wornig came back in after the ninth Wild goal but Charlie Combs put the Wild into double digits shortly after. Brett Mennear had the other PG goal with Conzo completing his hat trick in the third.