Bishop Rules Bear Ice, 2008 BCHL
Friday, February 1, 2008, 08:44 PM
Bishop rules Bear ice
Vernon Morning Star
January 25, 2008
Now you see him, now you don’t. Vernon Vipers’ roadrunner Hunter Bishop found fifth gear as he won the fastest skater race in the B.C. Hockey League skills contest Wednesday night in Victoria.
Bishop also pocketed a pair of assists as the Interior bowed 15-9 to the Coast in the 37th annual All-Star Classic before 2,219 fans at Bear Mountain Arena.
“Bish won by a landslide, you should have seen him go,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “I think his time was 14.06 seconds so he’ll be checking the websites to see how fast the NHL guys go this weekend.”
Scott Knowles of the Surrey Eagles was second in the one-lap skate.
“Bish played with everybody and he had lots of scoring chances. It wasn’t for a lack of effort that he didn’t score any goals.”
The Coastal Stars outshot the Interior 53-47 and got four goals from game MVP Mikael Bedard of the Nanaimo Clippers. Brian Nugent of the Victoria Grizzlies pulled the hat-trick, while Brodie Reid of the Burnaby Express scored twice and singles came from Daniel Moriarty of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Taylor Stefishen of the Langley Chiefs and Carlo Finucci of Burnaby.
Jordy Christian of the Prince George Spruce Kings supplied three goals for the Interior, while Kevin Limbert of the Trail Smoke Eaters added a pair and singles came from Cory Pritz and Kevin Walrod, both of the Westside Warriors, and Penticton Vees’ Austin Smith and Zac Dalpe.
Interior goalie Alex Evin (Vees) stopped a penalty shot awarded to former Cowichan Valley Capital Clinton Pettapiece, now with Westside.
Smith beat Burnaby’s Brad Hunt in the obstacle course portion of the skills contest, while Reid was the top shooter.