BCHL Bauer Showcase – 11 games complete, wrap-ups

in Other News, regular season


September 23, 2017

Day three of the BCHL Bauer Showcase wrapped up yesterday, with four games on the slate. Four more games are scheduled for today and for Sunday, to compete the 17 game event.

All games are at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. The event is billed as an opportunity for fans in the Lower Mainland, as well as for scouts from across Canada and the USA to see all BCHL teams in action, early in the season.

Here’s a wrap up of games played so far:

Scroll down to see all results so far and future game schedules.


Friday, September 22

Powell River Kings – 2
Vernon Vipers – 1

Mitch Adamyk came within 10 seconds of a shutout but had to settle for 35 saves and a 2-1 Powell River Kings victory over the Vernon Vipers.

The game was scoreless through 40 minutes but Josh Coblenz got the Kings on the board just 1:24 into the third.

Kyle Kawamura scored an empty-netter in the final minute which proved important as Keyvan Mokhtari spoiled Adamyk’s shutout bid in the dying seconds.

POSTGAME: Carter Turnbull on contributing besides on the scoresheet and committing to UConn


Prince George Spruce Kings – 4
Merritt Centennials – 3

Bradley Cooper made 33 saves and Jarod Hovde potted the game-winner in the third period as the Prince George Spruce Kings downed the Merritt Centennials 4-3.

Merritt led 1-0 after one on a shorthanded goal by Henry Cleghorn and after Ethan de Jong tied it for PG early in the second, Joey Berkopec restored the Cents lead just 41 second later.

The teams would trade tallies throughout the seond with PG’s Dustin Manz snapping one home on the power play to make it 2-2. Chase Bell’s first of the season put the Cents up again but it would be the last shot to get past Cooper on the night.

Ben Poisson tied the game again 1:43 after Bell’s goal and in the third, Hovde’s tally early on was the game-winner.

POSTGAME: Bradley Cooper on his first Showcase, closing the door late in the game


Thursday, September 21

Vernon Vipers – 1
Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 1

John Hawthorne made 43 saves for Alberni Valley and took the game’s 1st Star nod in what was the first tie of the Showcase.

Ryan Steele opened the scoring for the Bulldogs on the power play at 8:52 of the second and it remained the only goal of the game until Jack Judson scored unassisted at 6:52 of the final frame.

Alberni Valley got a power-play opportunity in double overtime but nothing was settled in the extra sessions.


West Kelowna Warriors – 2
Cowichan Valley Capitals – 1

Stephen Kleysen’s second goal of the Showcase was the winner and came just past the midway point of the second period in a 2-1 Warriors triumph over Cowichan.

Chase Dubois opened the scoring for the Warriors just 44 seconds into the game but it was the only goal of the opening frame.

Hugh Larkin tied it for the Caps at 8:18 of the second but Kleysen’s winner came just 3:06 later. Cole Demers was called on to make 42 saves for the win while Adam Marcoux stopped 25 for the Caps.


Langley Rivermen – 4
Merritt Centennials – 3

Nic Ponak scored a hat trick, including the winner late in the third period, as the Rivermen downed the Cents 4-3.

Ponak opened the scoring with the only goal of the first but Merritt’s Nicholas Wicks tied it in the first minute of the second.

Ponak’s second restored the Rivermen lead but Merritt got goals from Zach Zorn and Christian Sabin to take a 3-2 edge to the third.

In the final frame, Brendan Budy evened the score again at the 1:30 mark and Ponak’s hat trick goal – as shorthanded, unassisted effort –  won it with just under three minutes to go.

POSTGAME: Nic Ponak on two of his goals, linemates and the season ahead


Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3
Surrey Eagles – 2 (OT)

Nic Tallarico made 45 saves and Austin Chorney scored the OT winner for the ‘Backs as they completed their Showcase showing with four points.

Surrey led 1-0 after one on a goal by Mack Merriman and the Eagles outshot Salmon Arm 20-2 in the opening frame.

Rhett Kingston tied it for the ‘Backs in the second and in the third, Salmon Arm went ahead on a tally by Marcus Mitchell. Jordan Robert scored for Surrey with just 3:33 to play, setting the stage for OT where Chorney finished a solo rush down right wing with the winner.


Wednesday, September 20

West Kelowna Warriors – 7
Coquitlam Express – 2

Nik Amundrud made 30 saves while Matt Kowalski had a goal and two assists, helping the Warriors to a 7-2 win over Coquitlam.

Josh Wildauer opened the scoring for Coquitlam but it was tied up by Kowalski late in the first.

Stephen Kleysen scored on the man advantage early in the second with Willie Reim and Chase Stevenson also supplying goals in the middle frame.

Max Bulawka, Matthew Campese and Jared Marino all tallied in the third before Haydn Hopkins got one back for the Express.

POSTGAME: Warriors D-man Stephen Kleysen on getting a good start at the Showcase


Salmon Arm Silverbacks – 3
Cowichan Valley Capitals – 2

In the first game of the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase, Josh Latta’s goal early in the third period was the winner in 3-2 Salmon Arm Silverbacks victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Latta had also scored late in the second and his pair of goals earned him the game’s 1st Star. Bo Didur made 25 saves for the win while Yann Dery made 35 stops for the Caps.

POSTGAME: Silverbacks captain Grayson Constable with his thoughts on a win in the Showcase opener

This year’s event will once again take place in Chilliwack at Prospera Centre beginning Wednesday September 2oth.

The hometown Chilliwack Chiefs will face the Nanaimo Clippers Friday and the Penticton Vees on Saturday. Both games start at 7:30 PM.

Day passes are available priced at $10 for youth and $17 for adults. To purchase tickets please click here.

And while the games count towards the regular season point standings, for the players, these games are an opportunity to excel and showcase their talents in front of scouts from across North America.

For fans, the Showcase event, newly expanded to four days, is an opportunity to catch teams from across the Province as they descend on the host city for one action-packed ‘long weekend’ of hockey!

And for scouts, the practical benefits of seeing all BCHL players compete in one location over four days helps make their jobs a little easier.

Chiefs fans are reminded that this is not a Chiefs/Prospera Centre event therefore ticket vouchers and other promotional giveaways are not valid for the Showcase games.

Chiefs fans’ next opportunity to redeem vouchers and promotional giveaways is October 6th when the Chiefs take on the Wenatchee Wild.

Here’s the schedule for the event, with scores so far.


Sep. 20 Salmon Arm 3 Cowichan Valley 2 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 20 West Kelowna 7 Coquitlam 2 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 21 Surrey 2 Salmon Arm 3 Prospera Centre Final OT
Sep. 21 Merritt 3 Langley 4 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 21 Cowichan Valley 1 West Kelowna 2 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 21 Alberni Valley 1 Vernon 1 Prospera Centre Final OT2
Sep. 22 Prince George 4 Merritt 3 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 22 Vernon 1 Powell River 2 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 22 Penticton 3 Alberni Valley 2 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 22 Nanaimo 3 Chilliwack 2 Prospera Centre Final OT2
Sep. 23 Powell River 2 Trail 4 Prospera Centre Final
Sep. 23 Wenatchee 0 Nanaimo 0 Prospera Centre 20:00 1st
Sep. 23 Victoria Prince George Prospera Centre 4:00 pm PDT
Sep. 23 Chilliwack Penticton Prospera Centre 7:30 pm PDT
Sep. 24 Langley Wenatchee Prospera Centre 10:00 am PDT
Sep. 24 Coquitlam Victoria Prospera Centre 1:00 pm PDT
Sep. 24 Trail Surrey Prospera Centre 4:00 pm PDT