(ISN) – In a busy weekend of BCHL activity, the Cowichan Valley Capitals, Nanaimo Clippers and Alberni Valley Bulldogs all had a win, while the Victoria Grizzlies dropped a pair. Meanwhile the Penticton Vees and Victoria product Wade Murphy kept rolling with their 39th consecutive win.
Friday March 2, 2012
The Penticton Vees broke the 1989-90 New Westminster Royals BCHL record for consecutive games undefeated as they claimed their 39th consecutive win Friday night in a comeback 4-3 win over the visiting Salmon Arm SilverBacks.
Penticton found themselves down 2-0 early in the second after former Vee Myles McCauley opened the scoring in the first and Travis Stephens added his 13th of the season early in the second. The Vees power play got them back in it as Mike Reilly and Bryce Gervais tallied on the man advantage to tie it.
With the game tied at three just past the midway point of the third, Travis St. Denis scored the winner with his 33rd of the season.
They can print the playoff tickets in Prince George as the Spruce Kings knocked off the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters 6-1. Scoreless after one, PG blew up for five second period goals including three on the power play. Trail’s Brent Baltus broke Ty Swabb’s shutout bid with under two minutes to go.
Also booking postseason plans are the Coquitlam Express after a 5-4 come-from-behind home win over the Langley Rivermen. Langley led 3-0 early in the second after Mario Puskarich’s 27th of the season but Coquitlam clawed back with captain Alex Petan’s hat trick goal being the winner at 18:17 of the third.
The Cowichan Valley Capitals gutted out a 3-2 home win over the Powell River Kings getting the winning goal from Matt Brown at 6:13 of the third. The teams traded two goals each in the middle frame with Steen Cooper’s goal with a second left in the period tying it 2-2. Derek Dun made 29 saves for the win.
A three-goal third period by the Nanaimo Clippers broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave them a 4-1 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Andrew Gladiuk got the winner with his second of the game midway through the third. With Coquitlam’s win, the Clippers were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The Chilliwack Chiefs moved seven points up on fifth-place Vernon, who was idle Friday, after a 3-1 road win over the Westside Warriors. Goals by Malcolm Gould and Spencer Graboski put the Chiefs up 2-0 after one. A David Thompson point shot made it 3-0 just after the Warriors had killed a 5-on-3. Travis Blanleil’s goal with 1:21 to go ruined Mitch Gillam’s shutout.
Nicholas Taylor made 41 saves for the Victoria Grizzlies but it was still not enough as the Surrey Eagles took a 5-1 road win. Knotted 1-1 going into the third, the game’s winning goal came from Demico Hannoun on the power play before Steve Koshey, Brett Mulcahy and Brayden Jaw added the others.
Saturday March 3, 2012
Despite dressing just 14 players, the Westside Warriors held the Vernon Vipers to just one goal in a 3-1 home win.
Westside scored a goal each period and after a shorthanded Vipers goal by Michael Zalewski to open the scoring, Warriors leading scorer Connor Dempsey tied it late in the first.
Dru Morrison, a forward who played defence this weekend, scored at 5:31 of the second for the winner. Brett Mckinnon scored the insurance tally in the third. Vernon is now seven points back of fourth-place Chilliwack with four games to play.
A comeback effort by the Powell River Kings gave them a 4-2 home win over the Surrey Eagles. Steve Koshey and Michael Stenerson put Surrey up pair early in the second but Daniel Schuler and Brendon MacDonald replied to tie it heading into the third. Evan Richardson and Matt Scarth tallied in the final frame to seal it for the Kings who are now five points back of the Eagles.
The Prince George Spruce Kings also had to come from behind to defeat the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 5-4 road win. A pair of goals by Garrett McMullen put the Smokies up early in the second and they led 3-2 after two. Gerry Fitzgerald’s power-play goal forced OT where Myles Fitzgerald played hero with a goal at 1:15 of the second extra frame.
A late goal by Zach Hodder gave the Coquitlam Express at 5-4 win over the Langley Rivermen. The Express led 2-0 after one but two Mario Puskarich goals tied it in the second. Justin Georgeson put Coquitlam up one going into the third but Jackson Playfair’s tally tied things again. Hodder scored the winner with 27 seconds left on the clock.
Travis St. Denis and Curis Loik had two goals each for the Penticton Vees as they downed the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs 5-1. The Chiefs scored first on Malcolm Gould’s tally but St. Denis tied it lated in the first and put the Vees up early in the second. Loik scored twice in the third and Ryan Reilly added the other.
Ryan Lough equalled a BCHL season-high with seven points including four goals in a 14-2 Alberni Valley Bulldogs win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Lough scored twice in the first and twice in the third and Hunter Stewart added a hat trick. Evan Tironese had five helpers for the ‘Dogs who scored five times in the first and added six in the second. The Grizz got goals from Alex Holland and Myles Powell.
Sunday March 4, 2012
On Sunday, the Powell River Kings used goals from five different players to defeat the visiting Surrey Eagles 5-3, Coquitlam used a lone third period goal to hang on for a 3-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers, the Langley Rivermen jumped out to a 3-0 lead and rode to a 3-1 win over Alberni Valley and the Vernon Vipers exploded for five first-period goals en route to a 7-3 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings.