BCHL Opening Weekend – PG, Wild, Riv, AV start with 2Ws

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September 9, 2018

The BCHL kicked off the 2018-2019 season Friday, with seven games, and another seven on Saturday; including back to back series in Prince George, West Kelowna and Trail.  A single game Sunday wrapped the opening weekend, in Nanaimo.

At the end of the weekend, four teams had opened with a pair of wins.

In the Mainland Division, it was the Langley Rivermen and Prince George Spruce Kings; on the Island, the Alberi Valley Bulldogs, in the Interior, the Wenatchee Wild.

At the top of the leaderboard, two new imports from Sherbrooke, Quebec, playing for Wenatchee, Christophe Tellier with 2G-4A and Christophe Fillion wot 4G-1A.



In Prince George, it was the home town Spruce Kings downing the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs in a pair of games, 5-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.

The Spruce Kings fired 42 shots on the Chiefs in the first game, while the Chiefs managed just 16.

The Spruce Kings dominated the shot clock again in game two, 37-23, but it was a much different game on the score sheet.

There was no scoring until Sam Kozlowski (1998, Delta) scored on the power play early in the third for the Spruce Kings. Patrick Cozzi (1998, Greenlawn, NY) made it 2-0 at 14:15.

Chilliwack’s Kevin Wall (2000, Fairport, NY) answered quickly, but that would be it for scoring.

At the end of the weekend, two brothers, Ben and Nic Poisson led the Spruce Kings, with three point weekends. Team captain, Ben (1999) posted three assists to lead the Spruce Kings attack in game one.

Nic (2001, rookie) scored and assisted once in game one, and added an assist in the second game. Both Vancouver natives are graduates of the BWC Academy Prep team program. Ben is in his third year with PG.

Two other recent BWC grads led the Spruce Kings D offensively as well. Nick Bochen (2001, rookie) scored 1G-1A in game 1 and Liam Watson-Brawn (1999, Vancouver), each put up two in the second game.


In two games in Trail, the visiting West Warriors won the opener 4-3 in OT on Friday, then dropped the rematch 6-4 on Saturday.

West Kelowna D-man Wyatt Head scored the OT winner in game one, and assisted on the third goal, notched by Mike Hardman. Head is a 1999 Kelowna native who racked up 12-27 in the BCMML last year for the Okanagan Rockets in the BCMML.

Braeden Tuck scored the first two for the Smokies. Tuck, an Osoyoos native, is a 20 year old now in his third year with Trail.

Shots were 35-34 for West Kelowna. Connor Hopkins got the win.

In game two, ten separate goal scorers tallied, but it was the Smokies Hayden Rowan who led the attack with a goal and three assists.

Rowan is a 2019-2020 Yale commit, from Pemberville, Ohio (1999). He put up 2G-8A last year at Sioux City in the USHL.

Micheal Hodge (2000, Calgary, Calgary Flames Midget AAA) also had a great weekend, and finished tied with Rowan at the top the team scoring stats, with 5 points, on 1G-4A.

Kent Johnson (2002, North Vancouver), scored his first BCHL goal for the Smokies. Johnson is another BWC Academy grad – he lead the team last year, 29G-46A, along with teammate Kalen Szeto, playing for Langley this year).

Chase Dubois, a 20 year old from Williams Lake, lead the Warriors with a goal and an assist.

Adam Marcoux got the win. Both teams fired 30 shots on goal.



The Langley Rivermen opened up their season with a couple of wins, downing Penticton 5-2 on Friday, and shutting out Coquitlam 2-0 (EN) on Saturday.

Mark Gallant (2000, Concord, MA) lead the Rivermen with a hat-trick in game one. Gallant is a Dartmouth College commit for next season and played in the National Collegiate Development Conference last year.

A couple of other former BWC Prep team rookies notched their first points in the league during the opener Langley. D-man Ryan Helliwell (2002, Burnaby) and forward Kalen Szeto (2002, Vancouver) each assisted, along with Yale Academy grad Eathan Leyh (2001, Port Moody).


In game two vs Coquitlam, after a scoreless two periods, William Stomp (1999, Plano, TX) opened the scoring, early in the third for the Rivermen. Carter Stephenson (1998, West Vancouver), then closed with the empty netter.

Kolby Matthews took the loss vs Langley, facing 30 shots. The Rivermen fired 31 at Braedon Fleming, who was named first star of the game.



The Coquitlam Express downed Surrey 4-2 (EN) on Friday, before dropping the 2-0 (EN) game to Langley on Saturday.

A couple of rookie defensemen figured in the scoring in the first game.

Coquitlam’s Kabir Gill (2000, Surrey) and Surrey’s Jason Chu (2001, Coquitlam) both scored their first BCHL goals.

Chu’s tied it at 2-2. Gill’s was the winner. Both played in the BCMML league last year. Christian Sanda (1998, St. Paul, MN) got the EN.

Kolby Matthews took the loss vs Langley, facing 30 shots. The Rivermen fired 31 at Braedon Fleming, who was named first star of the game.




The Wenatchee Wild opened their season with two wins, downing Vernon 5-2 on the road Friday, and defeating Surrey 6-3 on Sunday.

Two 2000-born players from Sherbrooke, Quebec lead the Wenatchee attack. Christophe Tillier scored once and notched two assists, while Christophe Fillion scored twice, including the insurance goal at 12:01 of the third.

Wenatchee capitalized on three out four power play opportunities, while the Vipers went 0/1.

Vernon’s Connor Marritt opened the scoring just 1:45 into the game. Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (2001, Vancouver, BWC Academy) notched his first BCHL point with the helper.  Josh Prokop (2000, Edmonton, Yale Academy) then scored unassisted at 15:21, to open a 2-0 lead for the hometown Vipers.

But less than a minute later, Jacob Modry (1999, El Segundo, CA) notched the Wild’s first goal.

Fillion evened it up at 15:55 of the second with his first goal of the season, to tie the game 2-2 going into the third.

Alex Swetlikoff (2001, Kelowna, Yale Academy) then got his first of year to restore the Vipers lead, but three Wenatchee goals in less than five minutes sealed the game, at 5-2. Tillier scored the first and assisted on the next two.

Attendance was 2,322 in Vernon. Shots finished at 36-24 for the Wild.



Game 2

The Wild travelled to Surrey for game two on Saturday, and notched their second win, 6-3 (EN).

Ty Westgard (1998, Surrey) scored the first of two on the night to give Surrey a 1-0 lead after the first.

The two Quebecers again lead a blistering five goal Wild attack in the second.

Tellier scored first at 5:07, but was quickly answered by Westgard’s second. The teams traded two quick goals again, lead first by Wenatchee’s Ryan Wilson (1999, San Diego) and then answered by Surrey’s Matteo Pecchia (2000, North Vancouver, NW Giants), to make it 3-2 Surrey.

But that would be it for Surrey scoring. Fillion would get the next two, both assisted by Tellier, to give the Wild their first lead.

Chad Saski made it 5-3 end of second.

There was no scoring until the empty netter with 1:14 left.

Shots finished 34-25 for Surrey. Seth Eisele went the distance for Surrey. Cal Sandquist got the win, coming in to relieve Austin Park after Pecchia’s goal.


The Salmon Arm Silverbacks opened their season with a 4-2 home win vs the Merritt Centennials on Friday.

The ‘Backs fell behind 2-0 after the first before answering with three in the second, and closing out with a fourth in. the third.

Two former North Shore Winter Club alumni figured in the last two Salmon Arm goals. Justin Wilson (1998, North Vancouver) scored the third goal, and Hudson Schandor (2000, North Vancouver) wrapped it up. Schandor also noted an assist on the Wilson goal.

Merritt’s Ryland Van Unen (1999, Kamloops) and Frazer Todd (1999, Hazelton) had opened the scoring with the pair of first period goals.

Akito Hirose (1999, Calgary, Edge School) a third year ‘Back, and Matthew Verboon (2000, Puplinge, Switzerland, Geneve-Servette U20) got Salmon Arm back in the game, before Wilson notched the go ahead marker.

Shots were 31-29 for the ‘Backs.




Merritt headed home to face the visiting Vipers on Saturday for both teams’ second game of the season.

Vernon again posted a win – 5-2, dominating the shot clock 45-27.

The first period closed with a 2-2 tie. Merritt’s Nicholas Wicks (1998, Delta, Delta Academy) opened at 5:47 but was quickly answered on a goal by Michael Young (1998, Medford, MA) three minutes later.

Vernon then took a lead on a goal by Jesse Landell (1998, Langley) at 13:55, but Wick soon answered with his second at 16:51. Josh Prokop assisted on both Vernon goals.

Vernon edged ahead 3-2 on a goal from Nicholas Wildgoose (1999, Raleigh, NC) to close out the second.

The Vipers Jack Judson (2000, White Rock, Delta Academy) and Alex Swetlikof wrapped it up in the third, to close out the game 5-2.


Island Games

In other games in the Island Division, the Alberta Valley Bulldogs downed the Cowichan Valley Capitals 3-2 in a shoot out on Friday.

The Capitals traveled to Nanaimo on Saturday and were downed 6-1, in the Clippers league opener. Mackenzie Merriman (2000, White Rock) and Marcus Mitchell (1998, Kelowna) each scored a pair for the Clippers.

Victoria Grizzlies travelled to Powell River on Saturday, losing 5-3. Matt Fawcett (1999, Lincoln, Rhode Island) and Mitchell Williams (1998, Prince George) led the Kings, both scoring 2G-1A.

In the lone game Sunday, Alberni Valley edged Nanaimo, 2-1, to finish with two wins, and the early lead at the top of the Island division.