Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals ended the 2016 portion of their regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night in front of 966 fans at the Island Savings Centre.
The Grizzlies opened the scoring at 16:37 of the first period, as Tyler Welsh scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season. Victoria would double it’s lead at 5:57 of the second period, when Drayson Pears’ wrist shot from the point found its way through traffic in front of the Capitals net.
Pears’ goal, his third of the season, would hold up as the game-winner. Max Newton got the Caps on the board to make it a 2-1 game at 4:44 of the third period. Newton finished off a great pass from captain Chris Harpur from along the right half boards, as he had room and beat Grizzlies goalie Matthew Galajda over the shoulder on the short-side. The goal was Newton’s team-leading 19th of the season, and drew Harpur’s team-leading 24th assist.
That would be as close as the home team came, as Cameron Thompson added an empty-netter with 12 seconds remaining in the third. Lane Michasiw made 24 saves on 26 shots in the Capitals crease. Galajda stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Grizzlies, earning his 16th win of the season. Cowichan was 0-5 on the powerplay, while Victoria was 0-2 on the man-advantage.
With the win, Victoria has matched it’s win total from all of the 2015-16 season, when they went 24-30-4-0. The Grizzlies are 24-6-3-4 to date this year. The Caps see their three-game win streak come to an end; they’re 19-15-2-2 this season, and sit three points back of the second-place Powell River Kings in the Island Division.
The Capitals are in action again on Jan 4, when they face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Weyerhauser Arena.