BCHL Today: Chiefs forward Rylance to attend NMU, Smokies defenceman Pow suspended two games, Clippers implement new policies, and more

Chiefs forward Rylance commits to Northern Michigan

Chilliwack Chiefs forward Brett Rylance has committed to Northern Michigan University for this fall. Rylance, 18, has 14 goals and 12 assists in 54 games with the Chiefs this season, his second in the BCHL. He is the 16th member of Chilliwack’s roster to secure an NCAA Div. 1 commitment.

Smokies defenceman Pow suspended two games

Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Kyle Pow has been suspended two games for receiving his second instigator penalty of the season as well as his fifth accumulated major penalty.

With 1:04 left in Friday’s game against Alberni Valley, Pow was assessed four penalties – two minutes for instigating, two minutes for being the aggressor, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct.

Pow missed Saturday’s home game against Coquitlam and will also sit out Monday’s game in West Kelowna. He is eligible to return to the Smoke Eaters line-up on Friday at home against Salmon Arm.

Clippers implement new policies at Frank Crane

The Nanaimo Clippers announced two new policies prior to Saturday’s game. The policies include a no in/out privileges for anyone under the age of 18 in addition to a policy that all backpacks brought to Clippers games will be searched prior to entry.

Former BCHL goaltender Hammond called up by Buffalo Sabres

Goaltender Andrew Hammond (46-27-3, 2.74 GAA, .904 SV%, 8 SO in 82 games with West Kelowna, Vernon and Surrey from 2007-09) has been recalled from the AHL by the Buffalo Sabres. Hammond is 13-11-2 with a 2.59 GAA and a .905 SV% in 28 games with the Rochester Americans this season.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Cowichan Valley goaltender Zach Borgiel turned aside 42 shots.

Second Star: Prince George forward Corey Cunningham finished with two goals and an assist.

Third Star: Coquitlam forward Massimo Rizzo notched two goals and an assist.

Honourable Mentions: Victoria goalie Liam Souliere stopped 43 shots. Penticton forward Jackson Niedermayer and Vernon forward Dawson Holt scored two goals. Express goaltender Jack Watson kicked out 32 shots. Wenatchee forward Sam Morton scored a goal and added two assists. Spruce Kings netminder Jett Alexander made 32 saves.

If the playoffs started today…

Mainland Division

(1) Coquitlam vs. (4) Langley
(2) Chilliwack vs. (3) Surrey

Island Division

(1) Cowichan Valley vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Nanaimo vs. (3) Powell River

Interior Division

(1) Penticton vs. (6) West Kelowna
(2) Trail vs. (WC2) Prince George
(3) Wenatchee vs. (WC1) Victoria
(4) Salmon Arm vs. (5) Vernon