Grizzlies Fall to Nanaimo in One of Seven BCHL Games Friday

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From BCHL Media

September 29, Nanaimo, BC – The Victoria Grizzlies dropped a 4-2 decision to the Nanaimo Clippers in one of seven BCHL games played Friday evening.

The Nanaimo Clippers rained on Bill Bestwick’s return to the Harbour City as coach of the Victoria Grizzlies in a 4-2 home win. The Clips led 2-1 after one on goals by Spencer Turcotte and Kyle Kramer. Leo Fitzgerald tied the game in the second but Kramer’s second of the game was the winner early in the third. Brendan Taylor scored the final Nanaimo goal. Shots were 33-33.

In Merritt, despite Evan Campbell ruining his shutout bid in the final minute of the game, Tyler Steel’s 1st Star effort and 41 saves enabled the Merritt Centennials to defeat the visiting Langley Rivermen 2-1.

Brandon Bruce scored the only goal of the first for Merritt and Derek Huisman added the eventual winner in the second. The shots were 29 apiece after two periods and Langley poured on 13 more in the final frame but didn’t solve Steel until 43 seconds left.

Steel also got onto the scoresheet with an assist on Bruce’s goal in the first. James Barr made 36 saves in a losing effort for the Rivermen.

After a scoreless first period, the Prince George Spruce Kings overwhelmed the Vernon Vipers with a three-goal third on their way to a 5-2 road win. TJ Dumonceaux opened the scoring for the Snakes but Cam Lawson, with his first of two, Sean Landrey and Bradley Ryan responded for PG. A pair of power play goals early in the third sealed the win. Mitch Van Teeling scored late for Vernon.

Mitch Gillam posted his first shtuout of the season and second of his BCHL career making 33 saves in a 3-0 home win over the Powell River Kings. Tanner Cochrane scored the first goal of the game midway through the second and a pair of power-play goals by Austin Plevy in the third rounded out the scoring.

The Surrey Eagles got all the goals they needed in the first half of the first period in a 2-1 road win over the Coquitlam Express. Michael Santaguida made 30 saves in his first BCHL game to take 1st Star while Joel Gaudet and Tommy Stipancik provided the offence. Brady Shaw scored midway through the third for Coquitlam.

All the scoring was done in the first two periods and the Cowichan Valley Capitals claimed a 6-4 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Caps led 3-1 after one only to see the ‘Dogs score the first three goals of the second and briefly take the lead on an Evan Tironese goal. But Matthew Grant’s first of two equalized it and Travis Stephens’ goal was the winner.

In West Kelowna, the Warriors scored four times in the first eight minutes and wound up with a 9-2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Max French scored twice in the first and Brett McKinnon scored twice in the third for the Warriors while Garrett McMullen and Brent Baltus scored for Trail.

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.