September 17, 2018
Seventeen games were played in the BCHL this past weekend, wrapping up week two of the new season.
At the end of the weekend, three teams were still undefeated.
Leading the pack are the Prince George Spruce Kings with 4 wins, followed by Trail Smoke Eaters with 3 plus an overtime loss, and then Powell River Kings, with a pair of wins.
Only one team, the Surrey Eagles, is still winless, at 0-4-0.
Here’s a recap of all the weekend games:
SUNDAY – one game
Surrey 2 – Chilliwack 4
The Eagles opened a 2-0 lead after twenty, on a pair of goals by Great Neck, New York native Eric Linell, but that would be it for scoring for Surrey.
Chilliwack bounced back with two in the second and finished with two more in the third to seal the win. Shots were 42-31 Chiefs.
The Eagles are still looking for their first win of the season.
SATURDAY – 8 games
Nanaimo 2 – Powell River 4
Each team scored once in the first to open this game at 1-1. The Clippers scored early in the second to take the lead, before Powell River roared back with three to finish the scoring.
Powell River fired 45 shots on the Clippers’ Landon Pavlisin. Mitch Adamyk got the win, stopping 18 of 20.
Trail 3 – Vernon 1
After Vernon opened with the lone goal in the first, the Smokies answered with three in the second to wrap up the scoring, 3-1. Shots finished 38-27 for the Vipers.
Adam Marcoux stopped 37 for Trail. Aiden Porter took the loss.
Cowichan Valley 4 – Alberni Valley 0
Jack Grant stopped all 29 Alberni Valley shots for Cowichan Valley to notch the shut out win, and earn first star of the game.
Ryan Moon scored late in the first and late in the third for the Caps, to book-end a a two goal second period, and give the Caps their first win of the season.
Chilliwack 5 – Langley 2
The Chiefs dominated the shot clock in this one, 46-25 and scored three unanswered, to defeat the Langley Rivermen 5-2.
Chilliwack rookie Eathan Bowen scored twice for the Chiefs.
Coquitlam 0 – Prince George 3
Prince George made it four in a row with their second win of the weekend vs Coquitlam at home, notching a 3-0 win Saturday, to follow up on Friday’s 5-3 decision.
Abbotsford native Ben Brar scored two in each game to lead the Spruce Kings offensively.
Shots were 47 to 19 for PG.
Bradley Cooper got the shutout, while Kolby Matthews stopped 44 of 47 for the Express.
Merritt 5 – Salmon Arm 2
Quebec City native Mathieu Gosselin scored twice to lead the Centennials to a one-sided 5-2 win in this game. The Cents fired 54 shots on Salmon Arm’s Eathan Langenegger, included 22 in the final frame.
Austin Roden got the win for the Cents, stopping 25 of 27.
Victoria 4 – Penticton 3
The Grizzlies opened a 1-0 lead in the first and then fell behind 2-1 in the second before Jordan Guiney tied it up and Riley Hughes scored late in the period to restore the lead, 3-2 after two.
Each team scored once in the third, to wrap it at 4-3 Victoria.
Cameron Thompson scored two for the Grizzlies. Alex Newhook assisted on three goals.
Shots were 29-20 for Penticton.
Kurtis Chapman got the win, while Derek Krall took the loss.
Wenatchee 4 – West Kelowna 2
The Wild scored two unanswered powerplay goals in the third to clinch the win, after both teams had scored a goal in each of the first two periods.
Shots finished 31-19 for the Wild. Cal Sandquist got the win, while Haden Missler took the loss.
FRIDAY – 8 games
Coquitlam 3 – Prince George 5
PG remains undefeated with a 5-3 win vs the visiting Express. A three goal third period by the Spruce Kings was the difference. Shots finished 38-24 for PG.
Salmon Arm 3 – Trail 6
West Kelowna 3 – Vernon 4
Chilliwack 4 – Langley 2
Victoria 5 Alberni Valley 1
Penticton 4 Cowichan Valley 2
After a scoreless first, the Vees opened a 3-1 lead in the second, to secure the win. Both teams scored one in the second. Vees outshot the Caps 40-20.
Wenatchee 5 – Merritt 7
In this barn-burner, both teams opened with three goals in the first. The Cents then potted three more in the second, to take a 6-4 lead into the middle frame.
Wenatchee’s Christophe Tellier scored midway through the third to close the gap to a single goal, but the Cent’s Nick Granowicz would score with 4:39 left to secure the win for Merritt.
Tellier’s goal gives him seven points in three games. Granowicz is 1G-4A for the Cents. Three assists by the Cents Bradley Cocca gives him 7 points in four games to lead the Cents.
Nanaimo 2 Powell River 4 (unofficial)
Nanaimo Clippers(1-1-0-0) vs Powell River Kings (1-0-0-0) at Powell River. A hat-trick from Ben Berard, including the last two goals late in the third, lifted the Kings to a 4-2 win in this game Friday night.
After a scoreless first, both teams had scored twice in the second to set up the finish by Berard. The Kings outshot the Clips 34-24. Mitch Adamyk got the win, Jordan Naylor took the loss.