BCHL Today: Express goalie Stevenson ineligible to play after March 3, Warriors goalie Baier heads back to Ontario, Smoke Eaters forward Ghirardosi out for 15 days, and more

Express goaltender Stevenson ineligible to play after March 3

Many eyebrows were raised when Coquitlam picked up goaltender Joe Howe from Victoria earlier this week, given that the Express had proven netminders Clay Stevenson and Jack Watson in the fold. The acquisition of Howe makes more sense after it came to light on Wednesday that Stevenson is ineligible to play beyond his 21st birthday on March 3.

As explained wonderfully by Mario Bartel of the Tri-City News, there’s an NCAA rule that says any competitive game Stevenson plays after his 21st birthday will cause him to lose a year of athletic eligibility at Dartmouth College this fall.

West Kelowna goalie Baier jumps to Ontario junior B

West Kelowna goalie Brock Baier has been acquired by the junior B London Nationals of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, leaving the Warriors with Johnny Derrick as the lone goalie on the roster.

Baier went 4-12-0 with a 4.04 GAA and a .889 SV% in 25 games with the Warriors this season. The 20-year-old went 12-9-0 in West Kelowna in 2018-19. Prior to coming to the BCHL, Baier played ten games in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires during the 2017-18 season.

Smoke Eaters forward Ghirardosi out for 15 days

Trail placed forward Tyler Ghirardosi on the 15-day injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 6. The 20-year-old is eligible to return to the Smokies line-up on Jan. 24 in Wenatchee. Ghiradosi has 18 goals and 14 assists in 38 games with Trail this season. He’s committed to attend Quinnipiac University this September.

Cents-Smokies game rescheduled for Jan. 14

After Tuesday’s game was postponed due to poor driving conditions in BC’s Interior, the Trail Smoke Eaters and Merritt Centennials announced on Wednesday that the game will now be played at the Trail Memorial Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 14. It’s exactly one week from when the original game was scheduled.

Former Silverbacks goalie Balas signs in Fernie

Goalie Brett Balas has signed with the Fernie Ghostriders of the KIJHL. The 18-year-old, who’s played with Drumheller of the AJHL, Spokane of the WHL, also got into one game with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Dec. 7. He allowed three goals on nine shots in 12 minutes against Alberni Valley. Balas spent the bulk of last season with the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks.

Former Vees defenceman de Haas called up to AHL

Defenceman James de Haas (five goals, 19 assists in 53 games for Penticton in 2012-13) has been recalled by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL from the Reading Royals of the ECHL. De Haas has one assist in nine games with the Royals this season. He’s also already played 10 AHL games with Lehigh Valley in 2019-20, posting one assist.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Penticton forward David Silye scored a goal and added an assist.

Second Star: Penticton forward Lukas Sillinger tallied the winning goal.

Third Star: Vees goaltender Carl Stankowski made 19 saves.

Honourable Mentions: Langley goaltender Braedon Fleming kicked out 29 shots. Rivemen forward Brendan Budy scored a goal.

BCHL Trade Tracker (since Dec. 1)

Trades Made: 11
Trades Made Within BCHL: 7
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 14
Future Considerations: 9

Forwards: 8
Defencemen: 5
Goaltenders: 1

1999-born: 1
2000-born: 8
2001-born: 5
2002-born: 0
2003-born: 0