Grizzlies Give Up Late Goal and Fall 3-2 to Coquitlam

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September 30, 2012, Victoria, BC – In one of six Saturday night games in the BCHL, the Coquitlam Express scored with 1:42 remaining to defeat the hometown Victoria Grizzlies 3-2 at Bear Mountain Arena on Saturday night.

The Express got the winner on the man advantage from Callum Hofford with just 1:41 left in the game in a 3-2 road triumph over the Victoria Grizzlies. Coquitlam went up 2-0 in the first on goals by Luca Leone and Jace Hennig but Justin Polischuk and Dante Hahn replied for Victoria to equalize. Hofford’s winner was the first for him in the BCHL.

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The Victoria Grizzlies faced off against the Coquitlam Express last Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision (Photo: Gord Doucette / Island Sports News)

Lyndon Stanwood made 33 saves for his first BCHL shutout and the Trail Smoke Eaters scored twice on the power play to defeat the Vernon Vipers 3-0 Saturday night.

A goal from recently acquired Luke Sandler 1:41 into the first proved to be the only scoring the Smokies would need. Scott Davidson supplied the insurance goal, his first in the BCHL, on the man advantage later in the first and Brent Baltus added another in the third.

Vernon outshot Trail 23-13 over the final 40 minutes but couldn’t solve Stanwood.

In Salmon Arm, the Langley Rivermen forced overtime in the final minute of regulation on a goal by Jakob Reichert and then got the double-OT winner from Mario Puskarich with 58 seconds left in the frame to earn a 3-2 win. An unassisted, shorthanded goal from Jason Trott opened the scoring for Salmon Arm and they led 2-1 after two on Ryan Schwalbe’s first BCHL goal.

The Penticton Vees shut out the Powell River Kings 4-0 in their home opener as Travis Blanleil scored twice and Chad Katunar made 16 saves. Louie Nanne opened the scoring as his first BCHL goal was the winner. Bryan Sinz had the other Vees goal. Just four penalties were assessed in the game.

In Alberni Valley, the Bulldogs built a 3-0 lead before the game was six minutes old and chased Nanaimo Clippers goalie Jayson Argue from the net on their way to a 5-2 win. Evan Tironese scored twice and set up the winner by Turner Popoff to take 1st Star honours. Nanaimo got goals from Greg Fraser and Michael McNicholas.

The Merritt Centennials scored four in the second period, including a pair by 1st Star Derek Huisman, as they downed the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings 6-2. The game was tied 1-1 after one and PG led briefly on a goal by Jake Lebrun but then the Cents rattled off five straight capped by Sebastien Pare’s unassisted effort in the third.

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