September 9, 2017
The BCHL got underway last night – here are the recaps from Day 1.
Surrey 5-4 OT vs Langley
Despite falling behind 3-0 early in the second period, the Surrey Eagles rallied and wound up getting the OT winner from newly acquired Ryan Brushett in a 5-4 home win over the Langley Rivermen.
The visitors went up a pair in the first with Trevor St. Jean (1st BCHL goal) and Brendan Budy scoring and they made it 3-0 on Eric Butte’s goal at 4:04 of the second.
But the home side responded in the middle frame with Dom Masellis, Desi Burgart and Jonny Wesley tallying to tie it going to the third.
Budy and Burgart traded power-play goals in the third to set the stage for overtime where Brushett, who just joined the Eagles from Vernon, scored the deciding marker at the 1:41 mark. Daniel Davidson made 31 saves for the win.
West Kelowna 4-3 vs Trail
Matt Kowalski completed a natural hat trick for the West Kelowna Warriors to lead them to a 4-3 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.
Parm Dhaliwal and Kowalski had the Warriors up two after the first and it got to be 3-0 in the middle frame on Kowalski’s second.
But Trail replied soon after with Blaine Caton and Levi Glasman (1st BCHL goal) tallying.
Kowalski notched his third with the Warriors on the man advantage making it a two-goal edge for the visitors going to the third.
Ross Armour got the Smokies back within one in the third but that would be as close as they got. Nik Amundrud made 27 saves for the win.
Penticton 4-2 vs Merritt
Owen Sillinger and Lukas Sillinger score seven seconds apart early in the first period to help the Penticton Vees to a 4-2 road win over the Merritt Centennials.
The visitors carried the two-goal edge to the second but Merritt would tie it with Zach Court and Zach Zorn providing the offence.
But that would be all the scoring for the Cents as Jonny Tychonick potted the winner on the power play for the Vees and Taylor Ward sealed the win with a late goal in the third. Adam Scheel made 25 saves for his first BCHL win.
Nanaimo 5-3 vs Alberni Valley
The Nanaimo Clippers used a four-goal third period to come from behind and down the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs 5-3.
The ‘Dogs led 2-0 after one with Cayden Kraus and Julian Benner (1st BCHL goal) doing the damage.
Nanaimo got one back in the second from Parker Colley and then they got three in the span of 1:13 in the third courtesy of Brady Lynn, Tristan Crozier and Ben Pirko (1st BCHL goal) to take the lead.
Christian Simeone (1st in the BCHL) got one back for the Bulldogs but Jamie Collins iced it with an empty-netter.