BCHL Today: Vipers lose goalie Porter to the WHL, Silverbacks bring in USHL goalie Adams, Bulldogs-Kings game postponed, and more

Vipers lose goalie Porter Jr. to the WHL

The Vernon Vipers are down a goaltender after James Porter Jr. was traded in the WHL from Moose Jaw to Spokane on Friday and he joined the Chiefs immediately. Porter Jr. is a veteran of 73 WHL games with Kelowna from 2017-19. The 19-year-old was 3-6-0 with the Vipers this season, posting a 2.59 GAA, a .922 SV% and one shutout after being signed by Vernon in early November.

Silverbacks grab goalie Adams from the USHL

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks made a move in goal on Friday, signing 19-year-old Grant Adams. Adams has spent this season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, where he had a 3-7-3 record with a 3.31 GAA and a .897 SV%. Of note, Brett Balas and Dylan Kruss are no longer on the Silverbacks roster, leaving Adams and incumbent Ethan Langenegger as the two netminders in Salmon Arm.

Bulldogs-Kings match up postponed

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs were forced to postpone their home game against Powell River on Friday after BC Ferries cancelled numerous sailings due to a storm that battered Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The Bulldogs and Kings are also scheduled to play tonight at 7 pm at the Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni. The make up date for the postponed game is tomorrow at 6 pm in Alberni.

Express extend forward Tattle’s stay on IR

Coquitlam Express rookie Ryan Tattle continues to be out of the line-up. The Express extended Tattle’s injury reserve status by another 15 days, retroactive to Jan. 2. He hasn’t played since Oct. 27 against Langley. The 18-year-old has 2 goals and 11 assists in 17 games with the Express this season. Tattle is eligible to return for the Express on Jan. 22 at home against Prince George.

Former Vees/Express/Eagles forward Shaw released from PTO

Forward Brady Shaw (71 goals, 68 assists in 113 games with Penticton, Coquitlam and Surrey from 2011-13) was released by the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters from his pro tryout on Friday. He’ll rejoin the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, where the 27-year-old has 12 goals and 24 assists in 26 games. Shaw had no points in five games with the Monsters since signing his PTO on Dec. 20.

Former Cents defenceman Birks sent back to the ECHL

Dane Birks (9 goals, 32 assists in 112 games with Trail and Merritt from 2011-14) has been reassigned from the Tuscon Roadrunners of the AHL to Rapid City of the ECHL. Birks, 24, has 1 goal and 4 assists in 24 games for the Rush this season. He was called up to Tuscon on New Year’s Eve, but didn’t play any games with the Roadrunners.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: BCHL leading scorer Kent Johnson had two goals and two assists for Trail.

Second Star: Wenatchee forward Luke Ormsby had a goal and three assists.

Third Star: Penticton forward David Silye posted a goal and two assists.

Honourable Mentions: Wenatchee forwards Tyler Young and Nick Cafarelli each put up a goal and two assists. Surrey defenceman Kieran O’Hearn, Langley forward Kalen Szeto, Coquitlam forward Adam Trotman, and Penticton teammates Jack Barnes and Jackson Niedermayer each had two goals on the night. Langenegger made 40 saves for the Silverbacks. Merritt netminder Tanner Marshall turned aside 43 shots.

BCHL Trade Tracker (since Dec. 1)

Trades Made: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 9
Future Considerations: 4
Forwards: 6
Defencemen: 3
Goaltenders: 0
1999-born: 0
2000-born: 6
2001-born: 3
2002-born: 0
2003-born: 0