September 22, 2012, Surrey, BC – The Victoria Grizzlies dropped a 3-2 decision in Surrey Friday night to suffer their first regulation loss of the season in one of five BCHL games on the schedule.
The Eagles scored a goal each period to hand the Victoria Grizzlies their first loss in regulation, a 3-2 defeat at South Surrey Arena. The Eagles built a 2-0 lead on goals by Drew Best and Michael Stenerson but the Grizz rallied with goals from Gerry and Myles Fitzgerald. Demico Hannoun’s goal proved the winner and 1st Star Edward Dyson made 37 saves for the win.
In Duncan, Colton Dahlen’s goal with 29 seconds to go in regulation time broke a deadlock and gave the Nanaimo Clippers a 3-2 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Ryan Hanes scored a natural hat trick for the Caps with his third tally giving them a 3-2 lead at 7:32 of the final frame but Trevor Fitzgerald tied it for the Clips which is how it stayed until Dahlen’s marker in the dying moments. Teal Burns assisted on each of Hanes’ goals and took 2nd Star. Nanaimo fired 37 shots at Derek Dun while Jayson Argue made 23 saves for the win.
In other action, a goal and an assist each from Sam Mellor and Michael Rebry and 29 saves from Chad Katunar led the Penticton Vees to a 5-0 road win over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. Mellor’s goal in the first was all the scoring the Vees would need and Alex Jewell, Jordan McCallum, Rebry and Ryan Gropp added the others.
In Trail, the Smoke Eaters surrendered a first-period goal to Marcus Basara but didn’t allow another and rallied for a 3-1 win over the West Kelowna Warriors. Jesse Knowler scored the winner in the second period and later added another to make it a pair in his first BCHL game. Lyndon Stanwood made 35 saves to earn 1st Star.
The Coquitlam Express built a 3-0 lead on goals by Cameron Marks, Malcolm McKinney and Justin Georgeson and skated to a 6-2 win over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Coquitlam added three more in the third including a second by 1st Star Georgeson. Nathan Craft and Brandon Halls scored for the ‘Dogs.