BCHL Today: Grizzlies forward Schreifels commits to RPI, Vipers dman Taylor is off to Clarkson, BCHL hands out suspensions, and more

Grizzlies forward Schreifels off to RPI

Victoria Grizzlies forward Henri Schreifels announced his commitment to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sunday. The 19-year-old from Agoura Hills, California will head to the Div. I school in September 2021. He has 16 goals and 17 assists in 44 games this season with Victoria. He is the seventh player on the Grizzlies roster committed to an NCAA school after their BCHL career is done.

Vipers blueliner Taylor to play Div. I at Clarkson

Vernon Vipers defenceman Trey Taylor took to Twitter on Saturday to announce his commitment to Clarkson University. The 17-year-old already has 96 career BCHL games under his belt after joining Vernon as a 16-year-old in 2018-19. He has five goals and nine assists in 43 games with the Vipers this season. Taylor is the seventh Vernon player heading off to NCAA hockey.

BCHL hands out three suspensions

Nanaimo forward Josh Kagan will sit for three games after receiving a match penalty in the Clippers 5-2 loss to Powell River on Friday. The 19-year-old received a minor for holding and the match penalty at the 8:22 mark of the second period. He’s eligible to return to the Clippers lineup on Jan. 29 at home against West Kelowna.

Penticton forward Jackson Niedermayer received a two minute minor penalty and a 10 minute misconduct for a blow to the head in the third period of Friday’s game against Merritt, but after review, the penalty was increased to a five minute major and a game misconduct. As a result, Niedermayer received a two game suspension. He’ll be back in the Vees lineup on Jan. 24 at home for a return match-up against the Centennials.

Chilliwack forward Xavier Henry is out for two games after receiving a major penalty and a game misconduct for a blow to the head in Friday’s shootout win against Coquitlam. Henry was called for the penalty at 6:27 of the third period. He missed the Chiefs game on Sunday vs. Langley and is eligible to return on Jan. 25 at home against Prince George.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Salmon Arm forward William Poirier had a hat trick.

Second Star: Cowichan Valley goaltender Zach Borgiel made 32 saves.

Third Star: Vernon forward Cameron MacDonald scored a goal and an assist.

Honourable Mentions: Chilliwack forward Trevor Adams, Chiefs defenceman Hudson Thornton, along with Salmon Arm forwards Luke Mylymok and Nick Unruh each had two assists in their respective games.