The B.C. Hockey League is hitting the midway mark of its Pod season. A few teams are counting on Kootenay International Junior Hockey League talent to enjoy success. Updates are as of April 18.
Carter Woodside (Princeton Posse/2019-20) earned an honourable mention by the BCHL this week. He won three games for the Victoria Grizzlies last week, stopping 93 of 98 shots for a .949 SV% – 1.62 GAA – 1st star – 3rd star. Woodside has five wins in seven games.
Another KIJHL player earning honourable mention was Kobe Grant (Kelowna Chiefs) who is on the Prince George Spruce Kings roster. He made his season debut on April 16, turning aside all 19 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over the Merritt Centennials.
Lukas Jirousek (Summerland Steam) has three goals and four points in his last four games for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Whitehorse native now has eight goals and 10 points in eight games this season. He had two points on April 18 against Nanaimo.
Luke Mongrain (Princeton Posse) made his debut with the Merritt Centennials on Monday in a 4-3 loss to the Prince George Spruce Kings.
Branden Toye (Kamloops Storm) collected an assist for the Powell River Kings in a 9-3 loss to Surrey. In seven games, Toye has three goals and six points.
Dylan Malarchuk (Columbia Valley Rockies) picked up two assists for the Kings in a 5-3 win over the Coquitlam Express. It was Malarchuk’s first points of the season in five games.
Curtis Gould (Princeton Posse) scored his first BCHL goal for the Kings in a loss to Surrey. Gould has one point in nine games.
Jakob Drapeau (Kamloops Storm) earned his first win against the Coquitlam Express, turning aside 21 of 23 shots in a 4-2 win. The Prince George native has a 4.88 goals against average and .822 save percentage in four games.
Levi Carter (Osoyoos Coyotes) picked up two assists for the Penticton Vees in a 7-1 win over the Cranbrook Bucks on April 15. Carter now has four assists in eight games.
Cam Reid (Kimberley Dynamiters) assisted on the lone Bucks goal in a 5-1 loss to the Penticton Vees. Reid now has two points in eight games.
Porter Dawson (Kelowna Chiefs) picked up three assists in his last two games for the West Kelowna Warriors. Dawson assisted on the winning goal against the Vernon Vipers on April 16. Dawson has six assists in nine games.
B.C. Hockey League club rosters are benefitting from the presence of KIJHLplayers. The league is now into its second week.
Kamloops Storm product Branden Toye scored his third goal of the season for the Powell River Kings in a 5-4 loss to the Surrey Eagles. Goalie Jakob Drapeau made his season debut making 24 saves on 29 shots. Toye is third in scoring for the Kings with three goals and five points in three games. Against the Express on April 9, Toye had two assists. Owen Barrow scored a goal on the weekend, improving his point totals to three in five games.
Former Sicamous Eagle Josh Olson scored his first goal of the season for the Merritt Centennials in a 4-3 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Olson also added an assist. Blake Astorino, a former Osoyoos Coyote, Alek Erichuk, a former Nelson Leaf, and former Princeton Posse Chase Cooke, each collected an assist in the game.
Lukas Jirousek, a former Summerland Steam, scored three goals over the weekend for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. He tallied the winner in a 5-0 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. He now has five goals and six points in five games.
Jaden Little of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats got his first BCHL start with the Coquitlam Express. He turned aside 43 of 48 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Powell River Kings.
Crae Dawson of the Osoyoos Coyotes scored his first BCHL goal for the Penticton Vees. Dawson helped the Vees defeat the expansion Cranbrook Bucks 5-3. Dawson has now played in four games. Dawson’s Coyotes teammate Levi Carter earned his first point, an assist in a 4-0 Vees win over the Bucks. He added another assist to be named the game’s second star. Former Dynamiter Cam Reid was named the FortisBC Energy Player of the Game.
Quaid Anderson, a former Beaver Valley Nitehawk, has three points in four games for the Bucks. He is fifth in team scoring and collected his first BCHL point against the Trail Smoke Eaters on April 7. He is on a three-game point streak.
Josh Olson, a former Sicamous Eagle, has two goals and three points for the Merritt Centennials. Olson scored his first career goal on April 8 against Chilliwack. Alek Erichuk of the Nelson Leafs earned his first point against Chilliwack.
B.C. Hockey League club rosters are benefitting from the presence of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players.
Some made the jump following a successful career in the league, while others are getting the opportunity as affiliate players for the BCHLs 20-game Pod season.
On opening night, former Princeton Posse defenceman Chase Cooke collected an assist for the Merritt Centennials in their season-opening loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Merritt native joined his hometown team last season, collecting four assists in 23 games.
Former Summerland Steam forward Lukas Jirousek collected a goal and two points for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in a 6-5 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies. Jirousek scored his second goal of the season in a 5-4 overtime win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Jirousek spent the last two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League – last season with the Grande Prairie Storm and Canmore Eagles. He had 11 goals and 19 points in 46 games. In 2018-19, the 20-year-old had 10 goals and 23 points in 54 games with the Olds Grizzlys.
Former Kimberley Dynamiter Cam Reid scored the first goal in Cranbrook Bucks history in a 6-3 loss to the Penticton Vees.
Branden Toye of the Kamloops Storm had his first two-goal game in the BCHL for the Powell River Kings in a 5-2 win over the Surrey Eagles. Former Storm teammate Owen Barrows assisted on both of Toye’s goals. Brody Johnston, a former Storm defenceman, collected an assist on the Kings’ fifth goal. Barrows was named the second game star, while Toye was named the third star.