BCHL Today: Wiebe commits to UND, BCHL suspends Kim for two games, and more!

Wiebe commits to the University of North Dakota

Chilliwack Chiefs defenseman Abram Wiebe has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of North Dakota. Wiebe is the 13th NCAA Division I commitment on the Chiefs roster.

The 2003-born native of Mission, BC has a goal and 10 assists in 11 games with the Chiefs this season, which matches his total from 2020-21 in half as many games.

Wenatchee vs. West Kelowna first career goals

In the first game on home ice since March 2020, Wenatchee Wild forward Anthony Cafarelli brought the crowd at the Town Toyota Center to its feet with his first career BCHL goal 3:03 into the first period. It was his eighth BCHL game.

It was also the first point in the BCHL for the 2003-born product of Middleton, MA The goal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead en route to a 5-4 overtime loss to the visiting West Kelowna Warriors.

Just 1:19 later, Wild defenseman Brodrick Williams of Huntington Beach, CA tallied his first career BCHL goal to put Wenatchee up 2-0. The milestone came in his fourth BCHL game.

The 2004-born blueliner was signed by the Wild out of the Anaheim Jr. Ducks program, where he had four goals and 15 points in 50 games during the 2020-21 season.

BCHL suspends Kim for two games

The BC Hockey League department of player safety has suspended 2004-born Langley Rivermen forward Owen Kim for two games for receiving a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

The infraction happened with 3:24 left in the first period of Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Coquitlam. The North Vancouver, BC product will miss Langley’s game on Saturday at home against Nanaimo and Sunday’s date in Surrey with the Eagles.

Draper heads to the University of Michigan

Chilliwack Chiefs forward Kienan Draper has committed to the University of Michigan for September 2022. The Royal Oak, MI native has a goal and seven points in 11 games with the Chiefs this season.

The 2002-born forward was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Three years ago, Draper previously committed to Miami University (Ohio).

Ballarin traded from Wyeburn to Selkirk

Forward Dante Ballarin (one goal, one assist in 15 games with Coquitlam from 2018-19) was traded from the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League on Wednesday,

Ballarin, a 2001-born centre from Burnaby, BC, had four goals and one assist in 14 games as captain of the Red Wings this season.

Scheel recalled from Idaho to Texas

22-year-old goaltender Adam Scheel (29-12-0, 2.08 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, three shutouts in 45 games with Penticton in 2017-18) has been assigned by the Dallas Stars from the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL to Texas of the American Hockey League.

The Lakewood, OH is 3-3-0 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in six games with the Steelheads this season. He hasn’t yet made an appearance with Texas.

Three Stars of the Night¬†‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź

First Star: West Kelowna forward Felix Trudeau scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Warriors beat Wenatchee 5-4.

Second Star: Warriors blueliner Tyson Jugnauth finished with a pair of assists, including setting up the deciding goal in OT.

Third Star: Wenatchee forward Cade Littler ended up with two assists on the night.

Honourable Mentions: Warriors forward John Evans notched a goal and an assist. West Kelowna forward Elan Bar-Lev-Wise posted two assists.