BCHL Today: BCHL department of player safety hands out two more suspensions, BCHL names three stars of the week, and more!

Pelletier out two games with a suspension

2003-born Victoria Grizzlies forward Luc Pelletier has been suspended for two games by the BC Hockey League department of player safety for receiving a major penalty and game misconduct for a blow to the head.

The infraction occurred 36 seconds into the third period of Sunday’s 6-2 win in Trail. The product of Courtenay, BC will miss home games on Nov. 19 and 20 against Powell River and Wenatchee, respectively, due to the suspension.

Willoughby suspended one game

The BC Hockey League department of player safety has suspended 2002-born Trail Smoke Eaters defenseman Ethan Willoughby for one game after he received a minor penalty for instigating, plus a major penalty and game misconduct for fighting in Sunday’s matchup with the Grizzlies.

The penalties were assessed at the same time as Pelletier’s noted above, 36 seconds into the third period. The Chilliwack, BC native will miss the game on Nov. 19 in Coquitlam. He can return on Nov. 20 in Nanaimo.

Donaldson, Mackenzie, and Gartner earn BCHL player of the week honours

Nanaimo Clippers forward Sean Donaldson, Coquitlam Express goaltender Connor Mackenzie, and Cranbrook Bucks netminder Evan Gartner have been named the BCHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Nov. 14.

Donaldson, a 20-year-old, finished the week with three goals and eight points in a trio of games. The Vancouver, BC native had two points against Cowichan on Thursday and then followed up with back-to-back three point efforts on the weekend against Surrey and Langley.

Mackenzie, 19, allowed just one goal in the two games he played for the Express last week. The Toronto, ON made 33 saves for his first BCHL shutout on Thursday against Langley. He then kicked out 40 shots on Sunday as Coquitlam dumped Prince George 3-1.

20-year-old Gartner also went 2-0 last week, posting a pair of wins over the juggernaut Salmon Arm Silverbacks, including a 4-0 shutout on Saturday for his first BCHL goose egg. In total, he stopped 65 of the 66 shots he faced against the Backs.

Mariners loan Zerter-Gossage to Tucson of the AHL

Forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage (18 goals, 28 assists in 57 games with Penticton in 2014-15) has been loaned by the Maine Mariners of the ECHL to the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.

Zerter-Gossage, a 26-year-old from Montreal, QC, has notched seven goals and 12 points in seven games with the Mariners so far this season.

Gould traded in the ECHL from Greenville to Allen

25-year-old forward Gavin Gould (65 goals, 89 assists in 169 games with Merritt and Nanaimo from 2013-16) was traded in the ECHL on Monday from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to the Allen Americans.

The North Vancouver, BC product had a goal and two assists in five games as a first-year pro with the Swamp Rabbits this season.