BCHL Today: Glassford commits to LIU, Bohlinger wins NCAA title, and more

Glassford commits to Long Island University

2001-born goaltender Jackson Glassford has committed to Long Island University for the 2021-22 season.

Glassford had a 12-7-1 record with a 3.25 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage in 21 games with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in 2019-20.

The Qualicum Beach, BC product was 3-3 with a 3.58 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage in seven games with the Bulldogs during the 2020 exhibition season.

Bohlinger wins NCAA championship with UMass

Defenseman Aaron Bohlinger (seven goals, 29 assists in 55 games with Alberni Valley in 2018-19) and the University of Massachusetts Minutemen won the 2021 NCAA men’s hockey championship with a 5-0 drubbing of St. Cloud State on Saturday.

Bohinger is a freshman with UMass, he had a goal and 12 points in 29 NCAA games during the 2020-21 season.

Alberni Valley vs. Cowichan Valley first career BCHL goals

2002-born defenseman Cameron Newson scored his first career BCHL goal 12:53 into the second period as part of Alberni Valley’s 5-0 thumping of Cowichan Valley on Saturday.

The Surrey product had a goal and five points in nine games for the Bulldogs during last fall’s exhibition season after posting six assists in 26 games as a rookie in 2019-20.

Powell River vs. Surrey first career BCHL goals

Left winger Holden Cardinal opened the scoring for the Surrey Eagles with his first BCHL goal in a dominating 8-1 win over Powell River on Saturday.

The hometown Surrey native’s goal came 9:26 into the first period. The 2003-born forward also chipped in with a pair of goals and three points during the exhibition season.

Dartmouth College commit Tait Ross tallied his first career BCHL goal for the Eagles with 5:26 remaining in the third period of Saturday’s game.

The 2004-born blueliner from Coquitlam had three goals and 20 points in 36 games with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2019-20.

Merritt vs. Prince George first career BCHL goals

After putting up a pair of assists in four games to start his BCHL career, 2002-born forward Nick Rheaume got his first goal on Saturday, and it was the insurance marker in Prince George’s 2-0 win over Merritt.

Rheaume, whose dad Pascal won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003, posted a goal and an assist in six exhibition games last fall. He also had 10 goals and 35 points in 34 games with Cushing Academy Prep School during the 2019-20 season.

Cranbrook vs. Trail first career BCHL goals

Forward Zack Feaver‘s first BCHL goal stood up as the game-winner in Trail’s 4-2 victory over Cranbrook on Saturday. It came with 2:49 left in the first period to stake the Smokies to a 3-0 lead.

The 2002-born Chilliwack product showed scoring prowess in the exhibition season, potting four goals in seven games with the Smoke Eaters.

2004-born Trail forward Jackson Krill opened the scoring just 1:42 into the first period for his first career BCHL goal in the win over the Bucks.

The Port Moody, BC native had 14 goals and 45 points in 34 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Elite 15s in 2019-20. He also had a pair of assists in six games with the Smoke Eaters during this season’s exhibition play.

Defenseman Rhys Bentham brought the Bucks to within one late in the second period with his first career BCHL goal at the 18:13 mark, but it was as close as Cranbrook came.

The Bucks alternate captain, who is from Calgary, posted 12 points in 32 games with the Calgary Royals U18 AAA as their captain last season.

Ahac signs AHL contract with Henderson Silver Knights

Defenseman Layton Ahac (10 goals, 51 assists in 110 games with Prince George from 2017-19) has officially signed an American Hockey League contract with the Henderson Silver Knights for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The 20-year-old from North Vancouver, BC played 63 games with Ohio State University over the past couple of seasons and put up a goal and 12 points. He was a third-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Jandric transfers from Denver to Merrimack

Forward Steven Jandric (35 goals, 39 assists in 121 games with Salmon Arm and Vernon from 2015-17) has transferred from the University of Denver to Merrimack College starting with the 2021-22 season.

The 23-year-old from Prince George had a goal and six points in 20 games with Denver this season. He also added 26 goals and 60 points in 107 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 2017-20.

Red Wings bring Cholowski up from taxi squad and send Hirose down

Defenseman Dennis Cholowski (16 goals, 51 assists in 106 games with Chilliwack from 2014-16) was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings from their taxi squad on Saturday.

Cholowski, who was chosen 20th overall by Detroit in the 2016 NHL Draft, appeared in three games for the Red Wings this season. He also has three goals and 10 points in 13 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Forward Taro Hirose (33 goals, 88 assists in 116 games with Salmon Arm from 2014-16) was assigned by the Red Wings to their taxi squad.

Hirose, 24, has two assists in six games with the Red Wings this season. He also posted three goals and 14 points in 13 games with Grand Rapids.

Jandric transfers from University of Alaska-Fairbanks to North Dakota

Defenseman Chris Jandric (six goals, 45 assists in 106 games with Vernon from 2016-18) has transferred from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks to the University of North Dakota for this September.

The 22-year-old product of Prince George had eight goals and 37 points in 63 games with the Nanooks over the last two seasons. UAF didn’t play this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kehler signs with Winnipeg for the remainder of 2020-21

Goaltender Cole Kehler (18-24-0, 3.84 GAA, .898 SV% in 43 games with Merritt in 2015-16) has signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The 23-year-old from Altona, Manitoba will make $700,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

Edmonton Oilers forward Turris clears waivers

Forward Kyle Turris (102 goals, 91 assists in 110 games with Burnaby from 2005-07) cleared waivers on Saturday.

Turris, 31, has two goals and five points in 25 games with the Oilers this season. The New Westminster, BC product signed a two-year free agent deal with Edmonton last October.

Buffalo sends Fogarty to Rochester of the AHL

Forward Steven Fogarty (33 goals, 48 assists in 60 games for Penticton in 2011-12) was reassigned from the Buffalo Sabres to their AHL affiliate in Rochester on Saturday.

Fogarty, who’s from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and in his fifth professional season, has a goal and three points in eight games with Buffalo in 2020-21.

Three stars of the night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Victoria defenseman Isack Bandu posted a goal and three assists in a win over Victoria.

Second Star: Salmon Arm forward Sullivan Mack finished with two goals, including the overtime winner.

Third Star: Surrey forward Holden Katzalay had two goals and an assist in the Eagles’ win over Powell River.

Honourable Mentions: Eagles defenseman Jimmy Darby notched three assists. Grizzlies forward Devon deVries notched a goal and two assists. Alberni Valley forward Lucas Jirousek had a pair of goals. Spruce Kings goaltender Aaron Trotter made 20 saves for his first BCHL shutout. Trail forward Coalson Wolford posted a pair of assists. Bulldogs goaltender Luke Pearson stopped 22 shots for the shutout.