BCHL Today: Caps defenceman Chorney and Vees blueliner Somerville achieve milestones, plus Three Stars of the Night

Capitals defenceman Chorney hits 200 BCHL game milestone

Cowichan Valley Captials defenceman Austin Chorney has joined a select club of BCHL players by skating in his 200th career game. It came on Saturday against West Kelowna, the team that traded him to the Caps at the Jan. 10 trade deadline. Chorney played his first games in the league as a 15-year-old affiliate for Chilliwack.

Over his four year career, he’s played for the Chiefs, Salmon Arm, Vernon, West Kelowna and now the Capitals. Chorney’s posted 15 goals and 33 assists in his 200 games, with one season of junior hockey eligibility left. He’s also added two goals in 16 career BCHL playoff games.

Vees defenceman Somerville plays 200th career BCHL game

Penticton blueliner Nico Somerville reached a significant milestone on Saturday when he played his 200th career BCHL regular season game. The 20-year-old American International College commit spent 182 of those games with the Victoria Grizzlies until a trade earlier this season to send him to the Peach City.

Over his five year BCHL career, which started in 2015-16 as a 16-year-old affiliate for the Grizzlies, Somerville has 16 goals and 62 assists. He’s added five goals and four assists in 35 career BCHL playoff games.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Victoria goaltender Liam Souliere made 42 saves.

Second Star: West Kelowna forward John Evans had a goal in regulation and the shootout.

Third Star: Powell River forward Jack Brackett scored a pair of goals.

Honourable Mentions: Penticton goaltender Yaniv Perets made 29 saves. Merritt forward Chase Nameth, Wenatchee forward Sam Morton and Surrey forward Christophe Tellier scored two goals each. Trail forward Philippe Lapointe had a pair of assists.