August 23, 2018
BCHL teams across the province kicked off their 2018-2019 seasons this week, with main training camps getting underway, along with a series of exhibition games against local rivals, as coaches continue to assess their prospects and fine-tune rosters.
Here are a few highlights from some of last night’s preseason games.
At home in South Surrey last night, the Eagles downed the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2. Delta Wild Hockey Academy teammates Brandon Santa Juana set up John Evans for the game winner on a two on one in overtime.
The goal capped off a come from behind win for the Eagles, who had fallen behind 2-1 after the second period. The Chiefs’ Noah Lindsay scored both Chilliwack goals.
The Eagles will face Langley at home tonight in their second game.
The Chiefs host Coquitlam in their next ex-game Tuesday, August 28.
Across town in Coquitlam, the Langley Rivermen downed the Coquitlam Express, 4-2, in a game where the Rivermen outshot the Express 34-20.
The Rivermen went up 3-0 after the first, scoring on 3 of 4 power plays.
Langley finished 1 for 7 on the pp at end of game. Their first goal was shorthanded, from Tristan Fraser, while Alex DiPaolo scored late to finish the scoring for the Express.
The Express will play inter squad games Thursday night, then play a rematch against the Rivermen on Friday, August 24 at the George Preston Arena.
In the Okanagan, the Penticton Vees handed the West Kelowna Warriors a 3-1 empty netter defeat at Royal Le Page Place in West K.
Finn Hallaway scored the opener for the Vees, with 3:40 left in the first. After a scoreless second that saw West K leading on the shot clock 19-12 after 40, the Vees’ Henri Schreifels scored early in the third to make it 2-0.
West K’s Cole Wyatt scored short-handed on a breakaway with 12:50 left, but that would be it for Warrior’s goals. Ryan Green got the empty netter for the Vees.
In other Okanagan preseason action, West Kelowna will travel to Salmon Arm Saturday, as the Silverbacks open their exhibition series.
The Vernon Vipers open their preseason with two games in Merritt Friday (August 24) Friday and Saturday and wrap with a home and home vis Salmon Arm August 31 and September 1.
Meanwhile, the northern-most team, Prince George Spruce Kings are playing inter squad games this weekend, starting Friday, before hosting Merritt Wednesday, August 29 and then traveling to Merritt for a game Friday, August 31. The Spruce Kings home opener is on September 7.
On the Island, the Cowichan Capitals wrap their main camp Friday with an inter-squad game, then host three home game exhibition matches, vs Powell River August 25, Alberni Valley August 28 and Victoria August 31. The Caps will also face off in Alberni Valley August 29.
The Victoria Grizzlies open their first exhibition game on the road Friday, August 24, vs the Nanaimo Clippers, at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. They return home for the rematch Saturday, then finish with a home and home vs Cowichan Valley August 31 and September 1.