BCHL Today: Briere added to Hobey Baker Award nominee list, Sillinger and Kozlowski earn NCAA awards, and more


Briere added to Hobey Baker nominee list

Forward Carson Briere (three goals, nine assists in 24 games with Trail in 2019-20) has been added to the list of nominees for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I hockey.

Briere, a 21-year-old from Haddonfield, New Jersey, has four goals and 13 assists in 16 games with Mercyhurst University so far this season.

He joins 11 other BC Hockey League alumni in the running for college hockey’s top individual award.

Sillinger named WCHA forward of the week

Forward Owen Sillinger (66 goals, 87 assists in 171 games with Penticton from 2015-18) is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association forward of the week for the week ending Feb. 7.

The Bemidji State University alternate captain had four goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over Ferris State on Saturday. Sillinger was scoreless in Friday’s 3-3 tie against the Bulldogs but had seven shots on goal.

Sillinger, who’s from Regina, Saskatchewan, has nine goals and three assists in 14 games with Bemidji State so far this season.

Kozlowski earns player of the month honour

Goaltender Trevin Kozlowski (9-16-0, 3.98 GAA, .892 SV%, 1 SO in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2016-17) was named Atlantic Hockey Association goaltender of the month for January on Monday.

Kozlowski, who is from Valencia, California, and plays for Army West Point, was 5-1-1 last month and allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven starts.

Scarfo signs pro tryout with Rochester Americans

Forward Ryan Scarfo (17 goals, 31 assists in 50 games with Powell River in 2013-14) signed a professional tryout with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Monday.

The 26-year-old from North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has one goal in three games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers this season.

Bonar signs a deal with South Carolina

Goaltender Sean Bonar (38-15-0, 2.60 GAA, .908 SV%, 6 SO in 59 games with Penticton from 2008-10) has signed with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

The Delta, BC product was released by the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks last week. In five games with the Mavs this season, the 29-year-old was 0-4-1 with a 4.14 goals-against-average, and a .866 save percentage.


Collins inks a contract with the Stingrays

Forward Anthony Collins (eight goals, 16 assists in 85 games with Merritt, Prince George, Burnaby, and Victoria from 2007-09) signed with South Carolina of the ECHL on Saturday.

The Langley native played two games with Kansas City after joining them in October. Collins has played seven seasons in the ECHL with Kansas City, Quad City, Rapid City, Indy, and Atlanta.

He returns to the Stingrays, with whom he had six assists in 51 games between 2013 and 2015.

Kozek cut loose by Black Wings 1992

Forward Andrew Kozek (67 goals, 71 assists in 118 games with Surrey from 2003-05) has been released by the Steinbach Black Wings 1992 of the Austrian Hockey League.

The Revelstoke, BC native had six goals and four assists in 38 games with the Black Wings 1992 this season. He also had a plus-minus rating of -19.

Ebbett joins Red Bull Munchen for 2020-21

Forward Andrew Ebbett (45 goals, 39 assists in 62 games with Prince George and Salmon Arm from 2001-02) has signed a contract with EHC Munchen of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the rest of the 2020-21 season.

The 38-year-old from Vernon spent the last five seasons with SC Bern of the National League, the top tier of hockey in Switzerland. He also played for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics and had three points in five games.

Iacobellis released by Swedish club Västerås IK

Forward Steven Iacobellis (35 goals, 65 assists in 149 games with Salmon Arm, Cowichan Valley, and Penticton from 2010-13) has been released by Västerås IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, which is the second-highest level of pro hockey in Sweden.

Iacobellis, 27, had a goal and an assist in a dozen games for Västerås IK this season. The Port Coquitlam, BC product spent last season with Tappara of Liiga, the top tier of Finnish hockey.

Rancier commits to Minnesota State University-Mankato

Goaltender Keenan Rancier (5-2-1, 3.26 GAA, .886 SV% in 11 games with Victoria and Prince George in 2018-19) has committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato for this September.

The 2000-born netminder from Victoria is 11-9-2 with a 2.98 GAA, a .920 SV%, and two shutouts in 22 games with the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League this season.