BCHL Today: O’Brien and Thurston score first BCHL goals, Woodhouse commits to U of T, and more!


O’Brien notched first BCHL goal and first BCHL hat trick

2002-born Penticton forward Devlin O’Brien scored his first BC Hockey League goal at 3:33 of the first period in Thursday’s 7-2 thumping of the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Merrimack commit for this fall got his second BCHL goal at 8:39 of the second period to make it 3-0 Vees and then completed the hat trick 3:17 later to make the score 4-1. He was playing in his sixth BCHL contest.

Thurston posts first career BCHL goal

Merritt Centennials forward Mark Thurston tallied his first BCHL goal on Wednesday in a 5-3 loss to Chilliwack. It came in the Delta, BC product’s 14th career BCHL game.

The 2003-born forward scored to tie the game a 2-2 at the 13:15 mark of the second period. Thurston now has four points in 14 games this season.

Woodhouse commits to University of Toronto

2000-born West Kelowna Warriors forward Ben Woodhouse has reportedly committed to play U SPORTS hockey for the University of Toronto starting this September.

The Hamilton, Ontario native has three goals and seven points in 14 games with the Warriors this season after spending the last two years with Wellington of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Blaisdell transfers from UND to UNH

Forward Harrison Blaisdell (42 goals, 37 assists in 100 games with Chilliwack in 2017-19) has transferred from the University of North Dakota to the University of New Hampshire, starting with the 2021-22 NCAA season.

Blaisdell, 20, was a sophomore with the Fighting Hawks in 2020-21. The 2019 Winnipeg Jets draft pick had two goals and 16 points in 51 games over two seasons with UND.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Chilliwack forward Ray Fust had a natural hat trick in the Chiefs’ 5-3 win over Merritt.

Second Star: Penticton forward Devlin O’Brien potted a hat trick as the Vees hammered Trail 7-2.

Third Star: Chiefs defenseman Tyler McBay posted four assists in the win against the Cents.

Honourable Mentions: Vees captain Finlay Williams scored once and added three assists. Centennials forward Ben Ward put up a goal and two assists. Smokies forward Kalen Szeto and Surrey forward Christian Fitzgerald each had a pair of goals.