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Sowder plays hero in double OT

Lucas Sowder’s second goal of the night was the double-overtime winner for the Wenatchee Wild in a 3-2 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Ross Armour had the Smokies up a goal after one but Sowder and Chad Sasaki replied for the Wild in the second to put them ahead 2-1 going to the third. In the final frame, Armour tallied again at the 4:43 mark to square things up and set the stage for overtime.

Each team managed three shots on goal in four-on-four overtime but in three-on-three play in double-OT, it was Sowder’s second of the game that won it for the visitors. Jacob Acton made 35 saves to earn the win while Brandon Wells stopped 30 for Trail.

Niko Karamanis scored what would be the game-winner in the first period and then added insurance in the third while Ty Taylor made all 29 saves in a Vernon Vipers 2-0 road win over the Merritt Centennials. Karamanis’ first came at 17:21 of the opening frame and after a scoreless second, he notched his second just past the 16-minute mark of the third. Jacob Berger made 30 saves in the Merritt crease.

Sean Gulka’s goal in the third period clinched a 2-1 Langley Rivermen victory over the host Chilliwack Chiefs. Langley led 1-0 after one on a Nic Ponak goal but in the second, Michael Lombardi scored on the power play at 4:59 for Chilliwack to tie the score. It remained that way until 7:47 of the third when Gulka scored the decisive tally. Braedon Fleming made 25 saves for the win while Daniel Chenard stopped 20 for the the Chiefs.

A pair of Jamie Rome goals in the second period were the difference for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 4-2 road win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Brandon Bergado opened the scoring for the ‘Dogs in the first but Alex Newhook scored to even things up going to the second. Justin Michaelian and Rome scored just 11 seconds apart in the second and Rome added another in the final minute of the middle frame making for a three-goal Grizz advantage heading to the third. Christian Simeone got the Bulldogs back within a pair courtesy of a power-play tally in the third but that was as close as it got. Zachary Rose made 36 saves for the win while Colten Lancaster stopped 34 for Alberni Valley.

Lukas Sillinger had a hat trick before the first period was over and the Penticton Vees led by five after 20 minutes on the way to a 6-2 road win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. In addition to Sillinger’s feat, Penticton also got goals in the opening frame from Joey Leahy and Ryan Sandelin. In the second, Salmon Arm replied with goals from Josh Latta and Akiro Hirose but they got not closer. Jared Nash completed the Vees scoring on the man advantage in the final minute of the third. Adam Scheel made 30 saves for the win.

Evan DeBrouwer stopped all 26 shots he saw and the line of Dustin Manz, Patrick Cozzi and Ben Brar combined for seven points in a 5-0 Prince George Spruce Kings victory over the visiting Surrey Eagles. Cozzi’s third of the year was the winner in the first and in the middle frame, Brar, Ethan de Jong and Ben Poisson added on. Kyle Johnson rounded out the PG scoring in the third period.

Kevin Obssuth had a hat trick as part of a five-point evening, helping the Powell River Kings to a 9-1 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers. Mitch Williams and Carter Turnbull scored in the first to provide all the offence the Kings would need. In the second, Shawn Guison got the Clips within one but it would be the only shot to get past Matteo Paler-Chow on the night as he wound up with 36 saves for his first BCHL win. Gavin Rauser got the first insurance marker late in the second with the Kings shorthanded. Powell River erupted for six in the final frame with three from Obssuth and others from Trent Bell, Josh Coblenz and Ethan Kimball.