Justin Michaelian scored the double-overtime winner for the Victoria Grizzlies, lifting them to a 5-4 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
The Grizzlies grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Sage Englund and Keyvan Mokhtari. The ‘Dogs replied with Ryan Steele scoring in the first and Connor Welsh in the second. Cole Pickup’s marker put Victoria up one heading to the third but again Alberni Valley was able to muster a pair of goals, with Cayden Kraus and Auggie Moore putting them ahead.
Mokhtari tied it for Victoria just past the middle of the final frame. After the first OT settled nothing, almost three minutes of 3-on-3 hockey were played before Michaelian supplied the decisive tally. Mitchel Benson made 25 saves for the win.
A four-goal second period propelled the Trail Smoke Eaters to an 8-5 win in their home opener against the West Kelowna Warriors. The visitors led 2-1 after one on goals by Connor Sodergren and Marshall Wilton but Trail got tallies from Luke Santerno, Josh LaFramboise, Jack Sitzman and Tyson Slater and led 5-3 going to the third. Ross Armour, Kale Howarth and another from Slater would make it a five-goal edge for Trail before Jared Marino and Quin Foreman got a couple back for the Warriors.
After being held off the scoresheet until the third period, the Cowichan Valley Capitals notched four goals in the final frame to claim a 4-2 home win over the Powell River Kings. Liam Lawson put the Kings ahead 1-0 after 40 minutes but Ben Verrall, Alec Zawatzky, Jared Domin and Max Newton scored four straight for the Caps giving them all they’d need. Carter Turnbull had a late reply for the Kings. Lane Michasiw made 23 saves for the win.
The Penticton Vees fired 50 shots on goal and got two goals, including the winner, from Ty Amonte in a 4-0 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Amonte’s first goal, early in the second period, proved to be all the support Matthew Robson would need as he made 21 saves for the shutout in his BCHL debut. Owen Sillinger, Amonte and Ryley Risling scored in the final frame for Penticton.
Riley Brandt’s second goal of the night was the game-winner and completed a come-from-behind 5-3 win for the Vernon Vipers over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Brandt opened the scoring in the game but Salmon Arm replied with markers from Carter Cochrane and Grayson Constable to lead 2-1 after one. They went up two goals in the second on Carson Bolduc’s goal but Vernon got tallies in the final frame from Niko Karamanis, Jagger Williamson, Brandt and Karamanis again to complete the comeback.
Max Kaufman scored twice, including the winner, as the Langley Rivermen downed the visiting Coquitlam Express 8-1. Nick Ponak and Kaufman scored in the first which would be all the goal support Bo Didur would need on the night as he made 31 saves for the win. In the second it was Kaufman, Brendan Budy, Gavin Payne, Cooper Leitch and Satchel Clendenin scoring for Langley before Sam Kozlowski got the lone Express goal. Trevor Ayre added the final Langley goal in the third.