BCHL Today: Palandra, Hersant, and Schmidt score first BCHL goals, Turnbull named captain at UConn, and more!


Palandra gets first BCHL goal

2001-born Nanaimo defenseman Michael Palandra scored his first BCHL goal at 18:30 of the first period in the Clippers wild 9-6 win over the Victoria Grizzlies.

Palandra’s goal was Nanaimo’s third tally of the game to make the score 3-2 Clippers. The Markham, Ontario commit of the Rochester Institute of Technology did score 14 goals in the Ontario Junior Hockey League between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

Hersant tallies first BCHL goal

2000-born Alberni Valley forward Ethan Hersant, who hails from George Town in the Cayman Islands, posted his first BCHL goal on Wednesday in a 7-3 victory over Cowichan Valley. The goal stood up as the winner and came at the 3:18 mark of the third period.

It came in Hersant’s 13th career BCHL game and is his second point in the league. He did score 12 goals in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League over the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Blues.

Schmidt pots his first career BCHL goal

2004-born West Kelowna forward Carter Schmidt scored his first BCHL goal in the first game of his BCHL career as the Warriors beat Salmon Arm 5-4.

Schmidt’s marker at the 6:16 mark of Wednesday’s game against the Silverbacks was the Warriors’ third of the game as they built a 3-1 lead. The Kelowna product spent the 2019-20 season with the Okanagan Rockets U16 AAA, posting 15 goals and 50 points in 29 games.

Turnbull named captain for the University of Connecticut

Right wing Carter Turnbull (78 goals, 75 assists in 155 games with Powell River and Cowichan Valley from 2015-18) was named captain of the University of Connecticut Huskies for 2021-22 on Wednesday.

Turnbull, a 22-year-old from Nanaimo, is entering his fourth season at UConn and has 23 goals and 44 points in 86 career NCAA games.

Zins transfers to University of St. Thomas

Defenseman Trevor Zins (15 goals, 41 assists in 99 games with Trail from 2017-19) has transferred from St. Cloud State to the University of St. Thomas for the 2021-22 season.

The 22-year-old from St. Michael, Minnesota spent the last two seasons at St. Cloud and was named an Academic All-NCHC selection in 2019-20.

Caps bring up Carr from their taxi squad

Forward Daniel Carr (10 goals, 17 assists in 22 games with Powell River in 2009-10) was called up by the Washington Capitals from their taxi squad on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alberta has one assist in five games with the Capitals this season after signing with them last October.

Garteig leaves ERC Ingolstadt

Goaltender Michael Garteig (92-23-3 with a 2.07 GAA, .921 SV%, 13 SO in 120 games with Penticton, Powell River, and Quesnel from 2009-12) won’t be back with ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for 2021-22, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old from Prince George had a 16-12-0 record with a 2.61 goals-against-average, a .902 save percentage, and one shutout in 29 games with Ingolstadt this past season.

Massy moves from Strasbourg to Anglet

Defenseman Kevin Massy (21 goals, 72 assists in 157 games with Victoria from 2013-16) has signed with Anglet of Ligue Magnus, which is the top level of professional hockey in France.

Massy, a 25-year-old from Victoria, spent the 2020-21 season with Strasbourg of FFHG, Division 1, which is a level below Ligue Magnus. He finished with seven goals and 15 points in 11 games.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Alberni Valley forward Brandon Buhr had a hat trick and an assist in the Bulldogs’ 7-3 waxing of Cowichan Valley.

Second Star: Nanaimo forward Liam Ryan had a pair of goals and an assist as the Clippers outgunned Victoria 9-6.

Third Star: West Kelowna forward Marcus Joughin posted three assists as the Warriors edged Salmon Arm 5-4.

Honourable Mentions: Trail goaltender Logan Terness made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season. Grizzlies defenseman Isack Bandu, Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna, and Silverbacks forward Cameron Recchi each picked up three assists. Surrey forward Tio D’Addario scored two goals.