BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up second shutout against Cowichan

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Kobe Assam battles for the puck despite being knocked to the ice during a physical first period against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Kobe Assam battles for the puck despite being knocked to the ice during a physical first period against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace—originally from the Cowichan Valley—fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace—originally from the Cowichan Valley—fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr fires a slapshot towards the Cowichan goal during a game on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr fires a slapshot towards the Cowichan goal during a game on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Alec Scouras collides with Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Chase Klassen during a physical first period on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Alec Scouras collides with Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Chase Klassen during a physical first period on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Austen McIvor evades Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna behind the Cowichan net. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Austen McIvor evades Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna behind the Cowichan net. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Logan Rands pokes the puck away from Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Talon Duff. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Logan Rands pokes the puck away from Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Talon Duff. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Braden Blace’s first BCHL goal ended up being the game-winner as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs shut out the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, April 17.

Blace, originally from the Cowichan Valley, scored his first BCHL goal against his former home team at 15:24 in the first period, firing a shot from the point that snuck past Cowichan goaltender Lucas Pfeil. The assist went to Lukas Jirousek.

Blace was not the only Bulldog to pick up his first BCHL goal, as forward Jaydon Merritt notched his first three minutes into the second period. Brandon Buhr added his fifth of the season later in the second, and Chase Klassen sealed the game with an empty-netter in the third period.

Bulldogs goaltender Luke Pearson made 40 saves for his second shutout of the pod season. His first shutout was also against the Caps.

READ MORE: Pearson earns shutout in Bulldogs’ win over Cowichan Capitals

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are back on the ice Sunday (April 18) to face the Nanaimo Clippers at 1 p.m. Catch the Bulldogs on 93.3 PEAK FM or on www.HockeyTV.com.

ICE CHIPS…A Thursday, April 15 game between the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Nanaimo Clippers was postponed last week due to a “potential positive” COVID-19 test result. The test was later determined to be negative, and the game has now been rescheduled to May 11.

Alberni Valley BulldogsBCHL

Just Posted

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Island’s daily COVID-19 case count drops below 10 for just the second time in 2021

Province reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island Wednesday

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)
B.C. forestry watchdog finds lack of compliance in Nahmint logging

Forest Practices Board says old growth and biodiversity near Port Alberni are at risk

Port Alberni Fire Dept. deputy chief Wes Patterson, right, and another firefighter monitor the front of a garage at Second Avenue and Argyle Street that burned on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Fire starts in empty garage on Argyle Street in Port Alberni

Garage was attached to empty multi-storey commercial building

A painting by Port Alberni artist Robert Hall. Hall uses a technique called Abstract Impressionism. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni artist showcases abstract impressionism

Robert Hall’s paintings on display at Rollin Art Centre until May 29

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

RCMP outside the Nanaimo Ice Centre investigating a report of a suspicious person. The incident resulted in hold-and-secures at two nearby schools, but those emergency procedures have now been lifted. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Man walking around Nanaimo marsh with airsoft rifle concerning to police and nearby schools

Two schools went into hold-and-secure procedures Thursday, May 13

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 flight demo team returning to Vancouver Island for spring training

The team will be in the Comox Valley area from May 16 to 24

Saanich police and a coroner investigated a fatal crash in the 5200-block of West Saanich Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Police determine speed, impairment not factors in fatal Greater Victoria crash

Driver who died veered across centre line into oncoming traffic for unknown reason, police say

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Bow-legged bear returns to Ladysmith, has an appointment with the vet

Brown Drive Park closed as conservation officers search for her after she returned from relocation

Brian Peach rescues ducklings from a storm drain in Smithers May 12. (Lauren L’Orsa video screen shot)
VIDEO: Smithers neighbours rescue ducklings from storm drain

Momma and babies made it safely back to the creek that runs behind Turner Way

Signage for ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
$150 refunds issued to eligible customers following ICBC’s switch to ‘enhanced care’

Savings amassed from the insurance policy change will lead to one-time rebates for close to 4 million customers

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read