BCHL Today: Lundy, Campbell and MacTavish score first BCHL goals, Thurston suspended two games, and more!


Lundy and Campbell get first BCHL goals

Coquitlam Express 2003-born defenseman Matthew Campbell scored his first BCHL goal at 2:55 of the third period in a 7-2 win over the Powell River Kings.

Campbell’s goal gave the Express a 5-1 early in the final frame. He was playing in his 21st BCHL game after getting into 17 games this season and four last season as an affiliate for Coquitlam.

Express forward Lucas Lundy tallied his first career BCHL goal 5:35 into the third period against the Kings.

The 2002-born native of Delta, BC was in his 14th career BCHL game and finished the season with a goal and an assist. Lundy joined the Express in November after being released by Merritt.

Thurston suspended two games by the BCHL

Merritt Centennials forward Mark Thurston has been suspended two games by the BC Hockey League Department of Player Safety for receiving his third clipping, kneeing, or slew-footing penalty of the season.

He was hit with a double-minor penalty for slew-footing at the five-minute mark of the third period in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Prince George.

The 2003-born forward had a goal and four points in 18 games for the Cents this season. He sat out Saturday’s season finale against Chilliwack and will have to miss Merritt’s first game of the 2021-22 regular season.

MacTavish scores first career BCHL goal

2002-born Cowichan Valley defenseman Dylan MacTavish of Kanata, Ontario posted his first BCHL goal on Saturday in a 6-1 win over Nanaimo. The goal was the Capitals third marker of the first period, at 13:53, to make the score 3-0 Cowichan.

It came in MacTavish’s eighth career BCHL game and is also his first point in the league. He is a member of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Nanaimo Buccaneers who the Capitals signed as an affiliate player for the pod season.

Capitals send Carr back to their taxi squad

The Washington Capitals sent forward Daniel Carr (10 goals, 17 assists in 22 games with Powell River in 2009-10) from their main roster to their taxi squad on Saturday.

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

Pacheco signs extension with Amiens

Defenseman Skylar Pacheco (23 goals, 92 assists in 221 games with Prince George and Cowichan Valley from 2011-15) has signed a one-year contract extension with Amiens of Ligue Magnus, which is the top professional hockey league in France.

Pacheco, a 26-year-old from Kitimat, BC, had seven assists in 22 games with Amiens in 2020-21, his first season playing in Europe after five years at Brock University.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: West Kelowna forward Marcus Joughin had two goals and two assists as the Warriors outgunned Salmon Arm 7-6 in a shootout.

Second Star: Chilliwack forward Sasha Teleguine posted a pair of goals and an assist as the Chiefs edged Merritt 4-3.

Third Star: Express forward Tyler Schleppe notched two goals and an assist in Coquitlam’s 7-2 shellacking of Powell River.

Honourable Mentions: Penticton forwards Liam Malmquist and Jacob Quillan, Coquitlam forward Sam Marit, and Warriors defenseman Tyson Jugnauth each had a goal and two assists. Trail goaltender Logan Terness made 44 saves. Vees forward Ryan Upson tallied three assists. Merritt forward Ben Ward, Silverbacks forwards Philippe Jacques and Simon Tassy, Penticton defenseman Frank Djurasevic, and Cowichan Valley forward Riley Wallack each popped in a pair of goals. Vees goaltender Kaden Lane made 22 saves in a shutout.