BCHL Saturday Roundup: Grizzlies Defeat Cowichan 2-1


September 16, 2012, Duncan, BC (ISN) – Third period goals by Leo and Gerry Fitzgerald helped the Grizzlies to a 2-1 win over Cowichan Valley in just one of six BCHL games played Saturday night.

Ryan Hanes’ goal early in the first for the Cowichan Valley Capitals was the only scoring for most of the game but Leo Fitzgerald’s power-play goal tied it and Gerry Fitzgerald scored shortly after for the winner.

In Chilliwack, after a scoreless first period, the Chilliwack Chiefs rattled off three goals in 3:56 in the second on their way to a 4-2 win over the visiting Surrey Eagles.

The second game of a home-and-home set, the Chiefs were trying to rebound after an overtime loss Friday in Surrey. Spencer Graboski got things going with a goal early in the second with Luke Esposito and Tanner Cochrane following in short order. Brett Mulcahy got the Eagles on the board but Josh Hansen responded late in the frame for Chilliwack.

Surrey’s Drew Best had the only goal of the third with 36 seconds left. Mitch Gillam made 41 saves for the win while Glenn Ferguson stopped 33 for Surrey.

Josh Bowes scored at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Salmon Arm SilverBacks to a 3-2 road win over the Vernon Vipers. Michael Roberts’ unassisted goal opened the scoring for Vernon but Troy Petrick and Jeff Kennedy scored in the second to give Salmon Arm the lead. An Aaron Hadley goal in the third pushed it to OT where Bowes finished a feed from Ryan Simpson.

The Nanaimo Clippers peppered Powell River Kings goalie Jonah Imoo with 45 shots and beat him three times in a span of 3:24 in the final frame to claim a 3-1 home win. Matt Joyaux put the Kings ahead on a power-play goal in the second but Brendan Taylor, Colton Dahlen and Brenden Forbes scored in rapid succession early in the third to win it for the Clips.

A pair of goals in both the first and third periods pushed the Prince George Spruce Kings to a 4-2 win over the visiting Penticton Vees. Liam Board and Chad Staley tallied in the opening frame for PG and the teams alternated goals in the third with the Vees’ Wade Murphy making it a one-goal game with under five minutes left but Tyson Witala’s empty-netter iced it.

In Merritt, the Trail Smoke Eaters’ Garrett McMullen opened the scoring but the Centennials replied with five straight goals on their way to a 6-2 win. Dane Birks got his first of two to equalize, Bennett Huber put the Cents ahead and Derek Huisman’s goal in the second was the winner. Tyler Steel made 29 saves for the win.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.