Pelino backstops Chiefs to overtime win

Struggling Chilliwack netminder Aidan Pelino had a nice bounce-back effort in a 3-2 victory over West Kelowna Saturday night.

Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender

Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender

For the second straight night the Chilliwack Chiefs and an Interior division opponent went to extra time.

And this time they won.

After losing 3-2 to the Penticton Vees Friday, the Chiefs bounced back to beat the West Kelowna Warriors 3-2 at Prospera Centre.

Jake Larson had the winner and goaltender Aidan Pelino led the way with a 39 save effort as the Chiefs improved to 29-16-1-3.

They moved five points clear of the Langley Rivermen for first place in the Mainland division standings, with Langley losing 8-3 in Nanaimo Saturday night.

The Chiefs look fortunate to be facing a third string goaltender when Warriors affiliate player Stephen Heslop appeared between the pipes for just his sixth BCHL appearance. The 19 year old looked like a bundle of nerves in the opening minutes. At one point he ventured behind his net to play a loose puck and fell on his butt.

But Chilliwack couldn’t test the Victoria native, who settled in with a pair of solid glove saves and was solid and sometimes spectacular, from that point on.

The Chiefs had two power plays in period one and opened the scoring in the final minute.

Craig Puffer flew into the Kelowna zone, cut across the high slot and fed a pass back against the grain to Jordan Kawaguchi. The Abbotsford native had plenty of time to pick his spot, beating Heslop with a wrist shot for his 21st.

Shots on goal in period one favoured Chilliwack 14-11.

The home side doubled its lead early in period two on a goal by Rory Bell. Scott Davidson got the assist, taking a shot from just above the right faceoff dot. Heslop made the stop but kicked a massive rebound right to Bell, who punched it in while falling, tumbling heavily into the end boards. Bell must have hurt himself on that play because the rugged winger was next seen in civies, watching the third period from the seats.

A power play helped the Warriors get back in the game late in the middle frame. With Chilliwack’s Ryan Bowen in the box for interference, Kelowna’s Jason Cotton swooped into the left faceoff circle and threw the puck toward the net.

Camping in the goal mouth, Rylan Yaremko tipped it past Pelino, getting his team within one.

Shots on goal through 40 minutes favoured Chilliwack 27-23.

The Warriors were pressing to start the final frame, and got the equalizer at 9:48. Saskatoon native Andrew Johnson pulled the trigger, beating Pelino with a shot from the left faceoff dot, netting his 18th.

Chilliwack’s keeper had to be strong to get this game to overtime, with Kelowna out-shooting his crew 15-11 in the final 20.

He came through, buying his crew the time they needed to get the win.

With 1:28 left in the first OT period speedy Jake Larson ripped down the right wing and, from about 20 feet out, snapped a five-hole shot through Heslop to send the home crowd home happy.

The three stars were Chilliwack’s Scott Davidson (first), Heslop (second) and Chilliwack’s Luke McColgan (third).

The Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game was Kawaguchi.

Announced attendance was 2,186.

The Chiefs host the Vernon Vipers Sunday night at 5 p.m. at Prospera Centre.

Just Posted

Abbotsford council has given permission for Chilliwack to use the JAMES wastewater treatment plant for the disposal of trucked liquid waste until the end of September.
Chilliwack gets exemption to Abbotsford bylaw prohibiting liquid waste from other cities

Process in place until September while new facility under construction in Chilliwack

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

Sarah Sache and her 11-year-old son Winston at their home, West River Farm, in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Valley agriculture community offers big support for autism

Chilliwack dairy farmers, the Sache family, sing praises of Steve Saccomano’s charitable work

A tenant walks in front of her home on Boundary Road on Friday, June 18, 2021 after it was destroyed by fire the night before in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family homeless after fire rips through house on Abbotsford border

Turtle rescued, no one seriously hurt following Boundary Road fire in Chilliwack

Wild rabbits are all over Chilliwack, but people often think they’re someone’s lost pet and try to ‘save’ them. But the owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room says good intentions can have bad consequences for wild animals. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room asks people to leave wild animals in the wild

Amber Quiring says people who think they’re helping are actually doing more harm than good

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

Seth Rogen’s vibrant orange sculpture was sold for $7,000 above Vancouver Art Gallery’s initial estimation at auction Tuesday. June 15. (Heffel Fine Arts)
Vase made by Seth Rogen sells for $12,000 at Vancouver auction

The B.C.-born comedian has a new pot habit and it’s paying off

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

BC Lions running back John White IV (3) runs with the ball during first quarter CFL football action against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Saturday, September 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
BC Lions file trademark for new logo

Canadian Football League team files for new design on June 1

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Camper van explosion burns Vancouver Island gas station to the ground

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. The website for a Broadway theatre showing "Springsteen on Broadway" said it would only allow guests "fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine" — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
No Springsteen for you: AstraZeneca not good enough to qualify for Broadway ticket

Victoria area mayor among those unable to attend New York entertainment due to COVID-19 restriction

Most Read