Pelino named to all-rookie team

The lone Chilliwack Chief named to post-season BCHL all-star squads was goaltender Aidan Pelino.

Aidan Pelino fought through an up-and-down year in his first season, but he was recognized Friday  as the BCHL announced its all-star teams.

Pelino is the only Chief named to any of the league’s three all-star squads.

As the All-Rookie goalie, he’s joined by defencemen Yanni Kaldis (Nanaimo) and Dante Fabbro (Penticton) along with forwards Brett Supinski (Coquitlam), Liam Finlay (Vernon) and Tyson Jost (Penticton).

Chilliwack’s starter coming into the 2014-15 season, Pelino posted a 3.18 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 34 appearances.

When David Jacobson arrived late in the season, Pelino was pushed to the bench, but Chiefs coach Jason Tatarnic is on record expecting a big bounceback season from the Ontario native.

The BCHL’s First All-Star team predictably includes Coquitlam big guns Supinski and Corey Mackin along with Victoria’s Dane Gibson.

The defencemen are Kurt Gosselin (Alberni Valley) and Andrew Farny (Salmon Arm) and the goalie is Hunter Miska (Penticton).

The Second All-Star team starts with Liam Blackburn (Vernon), Jacob Pritchard (Powell River) and Jake Lucchini (Trail) up front, with Kaldis and Bast on D and Guillaume Decelles (Nanaimo) in goal.