BCHL Today: Blace and Merritt score first BCHL goals, and more


Alberni Valley vs. Cowichan Valley first career BCHL goals

2003-born Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenseman Braden Blace scored his first BC Hockey League goal at 15:24 of the first period and it ended up being the winner in a 4-0 blanking of the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The Crofton, BC product had three assists in 11 games with the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League before their season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Saturday’s milestone marker came in Blace’s sixth career BCHL game.

2003-born Bulldogs forward Jaydon Merritt notched his first BCHL goal to make the score 2-0 for Alberni Valley 3:25 into the second period. It was his fourth career BCHL game.

The native of Prince George played with the Cariboo Cougars U18 AAA of the BC U18 League last season, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 40 games. He originally committed to the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season in February.

Sabres call up Fogarty on an emergency basis

Forward Steven Fogarty (33 goals, 48 assists in 60 games for Penticton in 2011-12) was recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

He has a goal and three points in nine games with the Sabres this season.

Fogarty, who’s from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and in his fifth professional season, also has seven goals and 10 points in a dozen games as captain of the Americans this season.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star(s): Surrey forwards Tyson McLean and Jacob Slipec each had a hat trick as the Eagles clawed the Express 13-1.

Second Star: Victoria forward Andrew Amousse posted two goals and an assist in a 4-2 victory against Nanaimo.

Third Star: Penticton forward Luc Wilson scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 win over Trail.

Honourable Mentions: Alberni Valley goaltender Luke Pearson made 40 saves for the shutout. Eagles forward Christan Fitzgerald had two goals and an assist. Vernon netminder Roan Clarke stopped 33 shots. Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor kicked out 42 shots.