Caps search for win in home-and-home with Victoria
Fresh off a 6-3 loss on the road to the Victoria Grizzlies last night, the Capitals will quickly get a chance at vengeance when they host their division rival Victoria once again on Saturday night.
Cowichan Valley opened the scoring first last night against the Grizzlies, courtesy of Simon Chen’s first BCHL goal, but Victoria responded only 28 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1 in the first. They would take a 3-1 first period lead, and tack on three more goals in the third en route to their 6-3 victory. Other Caps goals came from Ryan Hogg in the second and Max Newton in the third, and goalie Adam Marcoux stopped 37 of 43 shots in the loss. The Grizzlies line of Cameron Thompson, Jamie Rome and Lucas Clark were the respective first, second and third stars of the night, as the trio combined for four goals and eight points. That line for Victoria previously had only five goals and eight assists combined through the team’s first 12 games.
With the victory, the Grizzlies (7-2-2-2) sit alone in first in the Island Division with 18 points as they enter play tonight. The Capitals (7-4-2-0) will have a chance to pull even with the Grizzlies once again. Cowichan Valley is 1-2-1-0 against Victoria this season, as tonight mark’s the fifth of eight meetings. The Caps lone win thus far against the Grizzlies was a 2-1 victory on the road on Sep 17. Only one of their first four meetings have been played at the Island Savings Centre – a game where the Grizzlies dominated in a 6-1 victory on Sep 13.
Following tonight’s tilt, these two teams won’t meet again until Dec 30. Victoria got a boost in their lineup last night as 20-year-old forward Nick Guiney returned after missing eight games with an injury, and the Grizzlies may have another 20-year-old back tonight in blueliner Brett Stirling, who has practiced all week and also has sat out eight games with an injury.
Capitals: Veteran goalie Lane Michasiw has won four of his past five starts, and his 0.923 save-percentage is third among all BCHL netminders. Max Newton scored in the third period on Friday night to extend his point streak to 11 games; Newton has points in all but one game this season, and is tied for seventh in league scoring (8-9-17). Jared Domin has points in seven straight games for the Caps (3-6-9).
Grizzlies: Victoria’s line of Cameron Thompson (1-3-4), Jamie Rome (2-0-2), and Lucas Clark (1-1-2) all had multi-point games in the Grizzlies win on Friday night. Tyler Welsh has points in seven of his past eight games for the Grizzlies, while Cody Van Lierop has points in six of his past seven outings.