A late push came up just short for the Capitals on Friday night, as they dropped a 2-1 score to the Nanaimo Clippers at the Frank Crane Arena.
The home team got on the board first, when Clippers rookie forward Brady Lynn scored at 12:26 of the opening period, his first BCHL goal in his 14th game. An attempt by the Capitals defense to play the puck behind their goal deflected off the official’s skate right to Lucas Finner, as he gave Lynn a pass in front of the goal who then scored on a one-timer. Finner had the lone assist on that goal, as the 19-year-old was playing his first game since suffering an injury on Oct 16 (26 games). Nanaimo would add to their lead at 13:29 of the second, when a blocked shot deflected to Aiden Casey who scored his third goal of the season.
The Capitals would end Clippers goalie Evan DeBrouwer’s shutout bid at the 16:00 minute mark of the third period, when Nick Wilson scored shorthanded to pull his team to within one. In the Capitals end, captain Chris Harpur went to swat a puck out of the zone and had it take a 45-degree bounce off the half-boards, and Wilson would outrace the Clippers d-man to the puck and pinch it past to head down on a 2-on-1. With Ty Pochipinski driving the goal, Wilson had room to cut the middle and would beat DeBrouwer five-hole. Harpur’s assist on the goal was his team-leading 25th of the year. Nii Noi Tetteh also drew an assist on the goal, and now has points in back-to-back games since returning from an upper-body injury.
Lane Michasiw made 26 saves for the Capitals, as the Clippers led 28-24 in shots on the night. The Caps would go 0-2 on the powerplay, and the Clippers 0-5.
Cowichan and Nanaimo now have each split three wins in the season series to date; the Caps are 3-3-0-0, while the Clippers are 3-2-1-0. These clubs will play next on Feb 7 in Duncan, and round out their regular season series on Feb 15 back at the Frank Crane Arena. Both teams will have Saturday off and return to action on Sunday afternoon; the Clippers will host Prince George while the Caps will play host to Coquitlam.
Of note: Forwards Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (’01) and Reid Irwin (’99) made their BCHL debuts for the Caps on Friday night, while goalie Derek Krall (’99) served as the backup to Lane Michasiw; all three players play for Shawnigan Lake School in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL)… Defenseman Marcus Joseph (’97) and forward Ben Taylor (’97) were both making their BCHL debuts for the Clippers; both were acquired by Nanaimo in the past 48 hours and both had been playing in the USHL… Attendance: 1,334.
The Capitals next home game is Sunday, January 8th vs. Coquitlam Express at 2 pm. To purchase tickets to this game, visit the box office or call 250-748-9930, or contact Marie Ruzesky at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Scott Yanko at email@example.com.