The Cowichan Capitals entered the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase off a 5-3 versus the Coquitlam Express in the final game of a three game homestand, and looked to carry momentum from that first win of the season.
Wednesday September 20th vs Salmon Arm
After playing the first period to a scoreless draw, it was the Silverbacks opening the scoring in the second period. Former Capital Rhett Kingston fired a shot high over the blocker of Caps goalie Yann Dery, who was making his first BCHL start. The Capitals would answer just over three minutes later as the Capitals crashed the net looking for the rebound of a Riley Thorpe point shot. Cole Broadhurst found the bouncing puck in the crease and potted it into the open net to tie the game. The Silverbacks rounded out the second period scoring as Josh Latta scored 4 on 4 to put the ‘Backs ahead 2-1 after two.
Latta opened the third period scoring with his second of the game early in the third period pushing the Silverbacks ahead by two. The Capitals scored with the net empty as Alec Zawatsky brought the Capitals within one with under two minutes left in the third, but that was as close as the Capitals would get, as they dropped their Showcase opener against Salmon Arm by a 3-2 final score.
3. Alexandre Drapeau CVC (0G 0A)
2. Rhett Kingston SAS (1G 1A)
1. Josh Latta SAS (2G 0A)
Shots on goal Cowichan Valley 27 Salmon Arm 38
Thursday September 21st vs West Kelowna
In the Capitals second straight game against an interior division opponent, it was West Kelowna opening the scoring early. Chase Dubois stepped in over the blue line before ripping a shot over the catching glove of Capitals goaltender Adam Marcoux just forty-four seconds into the game. That would be the only goal of the opening twenty minutes as West Kelowna lead 1-0 after one with both teams scoreless on two power-play chances.
Cowichan evened the game just ahead of the half-way point of the game, as the Capitals forced a turnover down low before Hugh Larkin walked off the half-wall, beat one Warriors defender with a shot fake before sniping it across the grain over the blocker hand of Warriors goalie Cole Demers. Three minutes later the Warriors went to work on the power-play, and defensemen Stephen Kleysen found some space on the far side and beat Marcoux high with a slap shot from the top of the circle. Each team tallied in the second, as West Kelowna held a 2-1 lead.
In an even third period, Cowichan was unable to find the equalizer, with a pair of man advantages down the stretch as the Warriors held onto the 2-1 win, as West Kelowna were victorious in both showcase games while Cowichan was on the wrong end of one goal games in both contests.
3. Brandon Picard CVC (0G 0A)
2. RJ Murphy WKW (0G 1A)
1. Stephen Kleysen WKW (1G 0A)
Shots on goal: Cowichan Valley 27 West Kelowna 43