BCHL Today: BCHL hands down suspensions, five more first goals, and more

Vipers forward Carpendale suspended two games

Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Carpendale has been suspended for two games for receiving a major penalty and game misconduct for a blow to the head during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Salmon Arm

The 2000-born forward was assessed the penalties at the 10:11 mark of the second period with the score knotted at zero.

The veteran of 89 WHL games is required to sit out tonight’s game against West Kelowna and Wednesday’s return match-up with Salmon Arm.

Carpendale is eligible to return to the Vipers lineup on Friday vs. the Warriors.

Grizzlies forward Turrin forced to sit for one game

Victoria Grizzlies forward Matteo Turrin was suspended for one game after receiving an aggressor penalty during Saturday’s 6-1 win over Nanaimo.

The 2002-born Turrin, who has no points in three games with the Grizzlies this season, got into a fight with Clippers defenseman Trevor LeDonne at the 8:06 mark of the third period. Both players received a fighting major and a game misconduct.

Turrin sat out Sunday’s 7-5 victory against Alberni Valley. He is eligible to return to Victoria’s lineup on Wednesday against the Bulldogs.

Coquitlam vs. Surrey first career BCHL goals

2004-born forward Andrej Kovacevic scored his first BCHL goal to send the game to overtime, but his Coquitlam Express fell 3-2 to the Surrey Eagles on Sunday.

Kovacevic netted his milestone goal at 9:50 of the third period. The former member of the Burnaby Winter Club Elite 15s took a feed from Keeton Oakley and one-timed a shot that beat Eagles goaltender Thomas Scarfone on the power play.

Salmon Arm vs. West Kelowna first career BCHL goals

On Sunday, Silverbacks rookie Lucas Matta scored his first career BCHL goal 8:48 into the second period against West Kelowna. The goal came in the Kleinburg, Ontario native’s sixth BCHL game.

The goal made the game 2-2 en route to a 5-3 victory for the Silverbacks. Matta, a 2002-born defenseman who’s committed to Northern Michigan University for this September, scored 13 goals in 41 games with Lake Forest Academy last season.

Chilliwack vs. Merritt first career BCHL goals

Luca Grabas and Tanner Andrew‘s first career BCHL goals were part of staking the Chiefs to a 2-0 lead before hanging on for a 3-2 win over Merritt on Sunday.

For Grabas, a 2003-born forward who’s an alumnus of West Van Academy Prep, his first BCHL goal came 6:01 into the first period. It was his fifth BCHL game and first point of the 2020-21 pod season.

Andrew, a 2000-born forward, is no stranger to scoring in junior A. The RIT commit put up 44 goals in 127 games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League over the last three seasons. His goal 56 seconds into the second period came in his fifth BCHL game and made it 2-0 Chilliwack.

Penticton vs. Trail first career BCHL goals

2002-born Smoke Eaters defenseman Cameron Moger scored Trail’s lone goal in Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Penticton Vees for his first career BC Hockey League goal.

Sunday was Moger’s fifth BCHL game, and he joined the ranks of the league’s goal scorers in the third period. His tally at 17:44 broke Vees netminder Kaleb McEachern’s shutout bid. The Vernon product had three assists in seven exhibition games for the Smokies last fall.

Reilly picked up by Boston from Ottawa

Defenseman Mike Reilly (24 goals, 59 assists in 51 games with Penticton in 2011-12) was traded in the NHL on Sunday from the Ottawa Senators to the Boston Bruins.

The 27-year-old pending unrestricted free agent was acquired by the Bruins for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. He had 19 assists in 40 games with the Sens this season.

DeKeyser waived by Detroit Red Wings

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (eight goals, 17 assists in 58 games with Trail during 2008-09) was placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

The 31-year-old from Detroit has two goals and six points in 10 games with the Red Wings this season, his eighth in the National Hockey League.

Three stars of the night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Alberni Valley forward Stephen Castagna potted four goals and added an assist.

Second Star: Coquitlam goaltender Dylan Kruss stopped 49 shots, including 16 in the first period.

Third Star: Salmon Arm forward Simon Tassy scored a pair of goals.

Honourable Mentions: Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr, Vees forward Liam Malmquist, and Grizzlies forward Alex DiPaolo each notched three assists. Victoria forwards Connor Eddy and Ellis Rickwood, and Penticton forward Ryan McGuire each put up a pair of goals.