BCHL Friday ReCap: Port Alberni Wins Wild One vs Cowichan

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From the BCHL

September 15, 2012, Port Alberni, BC (ISN) – Lars Hepso was in on all but two of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ eight goals in an 8-7 overtime win Friday night against the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals. Trail, Vernon, Surrey, Penticton, Coquitlam and Victoria also come up winners.

Hepso scored the first two goals of the game and assisted on another to make it 3-0 ‘Dogs before the game was six minutes old. But the Caps stormed back on goals by Keyler Bruce, Luke Sandler and Steen Cooper to tie it after 20 minutes.

Alberni Valley scored three more in the second with Hepso completing the hat trick to make it 6-4 ‘Dogs after two. In the third, the Caps put up a three-spot with Cooper assisting on two of the goals and Troy Paterson’s power-play tally pushing it to OT where Hepso set up Evan Tironese in the second extra frame.

In Prince George, another OT game saw the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters upend the host Spruce Kings on Garrett McMullen’s second of the game. PG took a 3-1 lead into the third only to see Tanner Clarkson and Shane Poulsen tally to tie it for Trail. McMullen’s winner came with just over a minute to go in the first OT.

The only game of the night not decided by one goal was a 3-0 win for the Vernon Vipers over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. Goals by Pearce Eviston, Aaron Hadley and Geoff Crisfield in the first, second and third respectively accounted for the scoring. Adam Tambellini had three helpers and Austin Smith made 20 saves for his first BCHL shutout.

Overcoming a two-goal first-period deficit, the Surrey Eagles got the double-OT winner from Drew Best to defeat the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2. Josh Hansen and Matt Revel put the Chiefs in front but Michael Stenerson replied in the second and Colton Mackie tied it in the third setting the stage for Best.

In the fourth OT game of the night, the Penticton Vees’ Michael Rebry tied the game with 18 seconds to go and then set up James De Haas’ double-OT goal to down the host West Kelowna Warriors 4-3. Seb Lloyd’s goale gave the Warriors the edge with 5:10 to go but Rebry equalized and then set up De Haas at 3:30 of the second extra frame.

The Coquitlam Express went 2-5 on the man advantage while holding the Langley Rivermen scoreless in six attempts to claim a 3-2 win. Coquitlam led 2-1 after one but Rivermen rookie Trevor Cope tied it in the second. Brady Shaw put home the winner on a feed from Alexander Kerfoot at 5:25 of the third.

Leo Fitzgerald’s power-play goal with one second left in the third snatched two points for the Victoria Grizzlies in a 3-2 win over the visiting Powell River Kings. Nolan De Jong opened the scoring for Victoria but goals from Matthew Dupont and Matt Scarth in the second and third put Powell River ahead. Myles Powell tied it for the Grizz leading to Fitzgerald’s heroics.

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