BCHL Today: 18 more players score their first BCHL goals, and more

Cranbrook vs. Penticton first career BCHL goals

Not only was it his first career BCHL goal, but 2002-born defenseman Cameron Reid goes down in history as the player who scored the Cranbrook Bucks first-ever BCHL goal.

The product of Kimberley, BC, found the back of the net at the 12:56 mark of the second period to give the Bucks a brief 1-0 lead in a 6-3 loss to Penticton.

A.J. Vasko scored his first tally in the BCHL three-and-a-half minutes into the third period to knot the Bucks and Vees at 2-2.

The 2002-born forward from La Salle, Manitoba was a big point-getter at Rink Hockey Academy Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League last season with 56 points in 31 games.

2004-born Tyson Dyck is one of the youngest Bucks, but he already has his first career BCHL goal under his belt.

The Burnaby Winter Club product scored with 3:11 left in the third period to bring Cranbrook to within two against the Vees. He notched 21 goals for BWC during the 2019-20 season.

2000-born St. Lawrence University commit Philippe Chapleau had the insurance marker for his first career BCHL goal in the Penticton Vees 6-3 win over the Bucks on Saturday.

Chapleau is no stranger to junior A hockey after spending the last three seasons with Longueuil College-Francais of the Quebec Junior Hockey League, where he scored 21 goals in 135 games.

Coquitlam vs. Powell River first career BCHL goals

Defenseman James Bohn is a veteran of 50 career BCHL games with the Coquitlam Express, but he hadn’t scored a goal until Saturday afternoon’s winner with 6:11 left in a 7-6 victory against Powell River.

The 2002-born blueliner was red hot during the exhibition season, finishing third in scoring for his hometown Express with two goals and eight points in 11 games.

Express’ freshman forward Dante Berrettoni found twine for his first BCHL goal in his second career game, scoring with 3:12 remaining in the second period.

The Burnaby, BC product was a sniper for the Vancouver NE Chiefs of the BC U18 AAA League last season, posting 28 goals and 52 points in 40 games.

2002-born defenseman Ben Brunette, who’s committed to UMass-Lowell for this September, is another player with junior A experience who scored his first career BCHL goal on opening weekend.

Brunette opened the scoring for the Powell River Kings 12:46 into the first period of their 7-6 loss to Coquitlam. He had seven goals for the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canadian Hockey League last season.

Nanaimo vs. Victoria first career BCHL goals

2000-born Nanaimo Clippers forward Thomas Maia scored a goal 2:04 into the third period to tie their game against Victoria at three en route to a 4-3 win.

Maia, who was traded from the Grizzlies to Nanaimo in January, had a goal and 14 points for Victoria during the BCHL exhibition season.

Luke Lavery scored his first career BCHL goal for his hometown Clippers 8:21 into the second period of Saturday’s game to tie it at two.

The 2004-born forward started this season with the North Island Silvertips U18 AAA of the BC U18 League and had a goal and five points in just a pair of games.

Forward Devon de Vries scored in his BCHL debut on Saturday when he found the back of the next just 28 seconds into the middle frame to stake Victoria to a 2-1 lead.

The St-Lazare, Quebec product produced an eye-popping 81 points in 58 games as captain at Stanstead College during the 2019-20 season.

Bowling Green State University commit Keighan Gerrie scored Nanaimo’s first goal with 1:41 left in the first period of Saturday’s game against Victoria for his first BCHL marker.

The 2001-born forward played 41 games with Waterloo of the United States Hockey League in 2019-20 and posted four goals and six points.

Chilliwack vs. Prince George first career BCHL goals

2003-born defenseman Abram Wiebe notched his first career BCHL goal to open the scoring for the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 4-1 win over Prince George.

It’s his fifth career BCHL game after skating in three games with the Chiefs as an affiliate player in 2019-20. He scored five goals in 39 games with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds U18 last season.

Despite having 18 BCHL games to his name prior to Saturday’s game against Prince George, 2000-born Chilliwack defenseman Trevor Longo hadn’t scored a goal in the league.

That all changed at the 5:34 mark of the second period when Longo found twine to provide the insurance goal for the Chiefs. He has scored 11 goals in 135 career Western Hockey League games.

Salmon Arm vs. West Kelowna first career BCHL goals

Veteran Ben Woodhouse scored 27 goals in the Ontario Junior Hockey League over the last two seasons, but the 2000-born forward tied the game for the West Kelowna Warriors in the third period for his first BCHL goal en route to a 2-1 win over Salmon Arm.

Woodhouse, who hails from Hamilton, Ontario, had his rights acquired by the Warriors from Chilliwack in a trade for future considerations back on Feb. 23.

Cornell University-bound forward Sullivan Mack tallied his first career BCHL goal 6:05 into the third period for the Silverbacks lone marker in the game against the Warriors.

The 2000-born native of Anchorage, Alaska, put up 44 goals and 70 points in just 34 games with Kimball Union Academy as a senior during the 2019-20 season. He was traded from Wenatchee to Salmon Arm last October.

Alberni Valley vs. Cowichan Valley first career BCHL goals

Alberni Valley forward Brady McIsaac‘s first BCHL goal came with three seconds left in the third period to force overtime in a 5-4 win against Cowichan Valley.

The 2004-born native of Prince George posted a respectable 24 goals and 43 points in 30 games with the Cariboo Cougars U16 AAA in 2019-20.

No stranger to scoring in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, 2001-born forward Joey Moffatt of the Cowichan Valley Capitals scored his first career BCHL goal in Saturday’s overtime loss against the Bulldogs.

Moffatt posted 70 goals over the course of three seasons with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers. He also scored a goal in the North American Hockey League with Minot earlier this season.

Darren Beattie is another player with junior A experience who sniped his first BCHL goal this weekend. The 2002-born defenseman tallied the Bulldogs’ second goal of the game at the 9:42 mark of the third period on Saturday.

The Lambeth, Ontario native, who Alberni Valley acquired in June, had four goals and 19 points with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cobourg Cougars last season.

BCHL Department of Player Safety hands down suspensions

The BC Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has created a new Twitter account where it will share details regarding discipline handed out to players. The league’s DOPS also has posted video of the plays in question for each suspension on YouTube.

The first two suspensions of the 2020-21 season featured the Penticton Vees, who are without 2000-born defenseman Ethan Martini for two games for a blow to the head major and game misconduct that occurred at the 7:55 mark of the second period in Friday’s game against Trail.

The Trail native and Long Island University commit sat out Saturday’s 6-3 win over Cranbrook and will also miss Thursday’s game against the Smoke Eaters.

The Vees also saw defenseman Joshua Niedermayer get a major penalty and game misconduct in Friday’s win over Trail. It came 7:07 into the first period when the 2004-born rookie was flagged for checking from behind.

He also missed Saturday’s game against Cranbrook and will sit out Thursday’s return match-up with Trail. Niedermayer is eligible to return next Friday vs. the Bucks.

Penticton forward Ho commits to Lakehead University

The Penticton Vees announced on Saturday that 2000-born forward Tyler Ho has committed to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario to play U SPORTS hockey starting this September.

Ho, who’s from North Vancouver, BC, has a goal in two games with the Vees this season. A veteran of 80 Western Hockey League games, he had 13 goals and 24 points in 42 games with Penticton in 2019-20.

Driscoll looks to switch NCAA schools

Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll (21-4, 1.90 goals-against-average, .933 save percentage, 4 SO in 26 games with Penticton in 2015-16) has entered the NCAA transfer portal in hopes of landing with a new school for the 2021-22 season.

The 24-year-old from Apple Valley, Minnesota, is 52-35-12 with a 2.19 GAA, a .920 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 102 games with Bemidji State over the last three seasons.