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Capitals Weekly Review – February 9

Capitals end losing slide in Powell River

Wednesday, February 1, 6-2 loss vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs

The Capitals opened the month of February with a loss to Alberni Valley at the Island Savings Centre. The Bulldogs got out to a 3-0 lead by 4:30 of the second period, before Ayden MacDonald scored his 19th of the year at 13:52 of the middle stanza to cut the deficit the two. Alberni would go up 4-1 early in the third, before Max Newton scored at 7:39 of the third – his 23rd goal and 50th point. The Bulldogs, however, would tack on two more goals in the final 10 minutes en route to the win. Shots on the night were 38-30 in favor of Cowichan.

Friday, February 3, 4-1 loss at Powell River Kings

The Kings scored two late third period goals to spread the score to 4-1, beating the Capitals in the first game of the team’s weekend doubleheader. After Powell River got on the board at 8:51 of the first, Mitch Skapski finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play at 15:03 of the first to make it a 1-1 game. The Kings would get ahead once again at 9:56 of the second, and wouldn’t relinquish their lead. The score remained 2-1 until the Kings tacked on a pair in the third period, at 16:31 and 17:11. Shots were 36-35 Powell River on the night.

Saturday, February 4, 5-3 win at Powell River Kings

The Capitals nine-game losing streak came to end after another strong effort in Powell River on the weekend, this time earning a 5-3 road win. Cowichan would get out to a 4-0 lead at the Hap Parker Arena by the middle of the second period. John Sladic opened the scoring at 5:02 of the first, while Mitch Skapski, Sladic, and Justin Perron all scored in the first 10:02 of the second period. That drew a Kings goalie change as the home team began to claw back; the Kings got on the board at 12:13 of the second, and scored at 1:19 and 5:45 of the third period to make it a 4-3 score. The Capitals, though, would hold on, as Max Newton iced it with his team-leading 24th goal into an empty net with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Lane Michasiw earned the win for Cowichan, stopping a loud 46 shots on the night.

Tuesday, February 7, 5-4 loss vs. Nanaimo Clippers

The Clippers closed the gap to one point between third and fourth in the Island Division with a win over the Capitals at the Island Savings Centre on Tuesday night. Nanaimo opened the scoring at 11:16 of the first period, and doubled their lead at 12:41. Justin Perron got one back for Cowichan at 14:01 of the opening frame. The Capitals would take a 3-2 lead in the second period, as Mitch Skapski scored for his third straight game at 11:12 of the second, and John Sladic scored for the second straight game at 12:07 to put the Capitals ahead. However, the Clippers would regain their lead by the end of the middle period, scoring at 15:35 and 17:40 to pull ahead 4-3; the visitors would go ahead 5-3 with a third period goal at 12:44. Perron would score his second goal of the game just 42 seconds later, marking his first career multi-point game in the BCHL, but that’s as close as the Capitals would come. Lane Michasiw stopped 34 shots on the night.

Special Olympics BC – Capitals Floor Hockey Game:

Don’t miss out on the fun on Thursday, February 9 as the Cowichan Valley Capitals take on the Special Olympics BC Cowichan Valley floor hockey team in a fundraiser for SOBC Cowichan Valley. The event is at 6:30 pm at Cowichan Secondary School (2652 James St.). Admission is by donation and there will be door prizes as well.

Upcoming Fan Busses:

The Capitals fan bus will be on the road on Tuesday, Febary 14 at Alberni Valley, and Wednesday, February 15 at Nanaimo Clippers. The cost to Alberni is $37.50, which includes a game ticket, pizza, pop and games on the bus; it departs the Island Savings Centre at 4:30 pm, with pickup in Chemainus at 4:45 pm. The cost to Nanaimo is $30.00, which includes a game ticket, pizza, pop and games on the bus; it departs the Island Savings Centre at 5:30 pm.

For tickets or more information, visit the Capitals box office or call 250-748-9930, or contact Marie Ruzesky at marie.ruzesky@cowichancapitals.com, or Scott Yanko at scott.yanko@cowichancapitals.com.

Clements Hockey Classic:

On Saturday, February 11 at the Island Savings Centre, members of the Vancouver Canucks alumni will take on local police and firefighters in an exhibition game; a fundraiser for the Clements Centre Society’s 60th Anniversary.

A total of 16 members of the Canucks Alumni group will be present, including Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme, John Grisdale and more to be announced. Members of the Capitals will serve as guest coaches for the game. The game begins at 7:00 pm and will feature two 25-minute periods; there will be an autograph signing session at 5:15 pm.

Tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $5 for children (aged 6-12), and at the door will be an extra $2. For tickets visit the Capitals box office or call 250-748-9930.

BCHL Score with Reading:

On Saturday, February 11 at the Vancouver Island Regional Library located inside the Island Savings Centre (2687 James St.) from 1:00-2:30 pm, celebrate reading and hockey with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Join members of the Capitals hockey club as they read from your favorite books and challenge you to a little street hockey afterwards. Wear your jersey and bring your stick; for children ages 6-12 and their families. For more info, call the VIRL Duncan branch at 250-746-7661, or email cowichan@virl.bc.ca.

Minor Hockey Jersey Days:

Every Capitals’ Sunday home game is a Minor Hockey Jersey Day. Players wearing their minor hockey team jersey will get in for free. The final Sunday home games are Feb 12 vs. Merritt Centennial, and Feb 26 vs. Powell River Kings.

Capitals at Original Joe’s:

Join the Caps players at Original Joe’s in Duncan following many of the team’s home games during the season. The next player appearance is Friday, February 24 following the team’s home game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Redeem your Capitals ticket at OJ’s for 2 for 1 start & share (valid same day as the date on ticket, dine-in only).

Five-Game Flex Packs:

Want to attend Capitals games but can’t do the commitment of season tickets? Five-game flex packs are the perfect solution. At a reduced rate, get general admission tickets to be used at your discretion. Visit the “General” page under the Tickets tab for more info.

Team Leaders:

Goals – Max Newton (24)

Assists – Max Newton (29)

Points – Max Newton (53)

Penalty Minutes – Jared Domin (65)

Goals Against Average – Lane Michasiw (3.28)

Save Percentage – Lane Michasiw (0.909)

Upcoming Schedule:

Thursday, February 9 – Practice, 2:15-3:45, Island Savings Centre

Friday, February 10 – Game vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Island Savings Centre, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 11 – TBD

Sunday, February 12 – Game vs. Merritt Centennials, Island Savings Centre, 7:00 pm

Monday, February 13 – Practice, 2:15-4:15, Island Savings Centre

Tuesday, February 14 – Game at Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Weyerhauser Arena, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 15 – Game at Nanaimo Clippers, Frank Crane Arena, 7:00 pm

Next Home Game:

The Capitals next home game is on Friday, February 10 vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:00 pm. To purchase tickets to this game or any other home game, visit the Capitals box office or call 250-748-9930, or contact Marie Ruzesky at marie.ruzesky@cowichancapitals.com, or Scott Yanko at scott.yanko@cowichancapitals.com

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