It’s already been determined that the Capitals (24-28-3-2, 3rd Island) and the Powell River Kings (37-18-1-0, 2nd Island) will meet in the first round of the BCHL playoffs beginning on Friday, Mar 3. Before that, these teams today meet on the final day of the regular season at the Island Savings Centre.
This will mark the second straight season the Kings and Capitals will meet in the first round of the postseason, with both teams once again ranked 2nd and 3rd in the Island Division, respectively. Powell River earned the series win in six games a year ago.
On the season series to date between these clubs this year, Cowichan has won four out of seven games to date. All have been decided in regulation, and all but one game has been decided by two or more goals.
09/10/16: vs. Powell River 2, Cowichan 4
10/09/16: vs. Powell River 2, Cowichan 5
10/28/16: vs. Powell River 9, Cowichan 0
11/25/16: at Powell River 4, Cowichan 6
11/26/16: at Powell River 3, Cowichan 2
02/03/17: at Powell River 4, Cowichan 1
02/04/17: at Powell River 3, Cowichan 5
02/26/17: vs. Powell River, Island Savings Centre, 2pm
In 2015-16, the teams split the season series 4-4-0-0, with each winning all of their home games.
Heading into action today, the Capitals most recent game was a 2-1 win at home over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday night. Mitch Skapski scored 1:59 into the game and John Sladic would double the Caps lead at 11:50 of the first. The Bulldogs had a strong push-back after falling behind 2-0, and would eventually pull to within a goal at 5:40 of the second period with a goal from Trevor Cosgrove. That’s as close as they would come, as the Capitals held on for the two points. Cowichan was backed by a 37-save effort by goalie Lane Michasiw, as Alberni led 38-34 in shots.
The Kings were also in action against the Bulldogs most recently, playing them to a 5-5 tie at the Weyerhauser Arena on Saturday night. In their 57th game, it was the Kings’ first tie of the 2016-17 season. The score was 2-2 after the opening frame and 5-4 Kings after two, before the Bulldogs’ managed the only goal of the third period to bring the game to 5-5. Josh Bruce, Carter Turnbull and Kyle Betts all had multi-point games for Powell River, and goalie Brian Wilson stopped 40 of 45 shots. The Kings led 47-45 in shots on the night.
Both the Capitals and Kings have fared well in their past five games; Cowichan is 3-2-0-0 in it’s past five, while Powell River is 4-0-0-1. The Kings only have two losses in their past 19 games (16-2-0-1); their last loss came six games ago to the Capitals on Feb 4 at the Hap Parker
Puck drop at the Island Savings Centre is at 2:00 pm.
Capitals: Mitch Skapski has points in seven of his past eight and goals in six of eight… Max Newton has 10 points in his past nine games… Ayden MacDonald has points in six straight and eight of his past nine… Lane Michasiw has stopped 94 of 98 shots in his past three outings (.959 sv%)…
Kings: Carter Turnbull has points in eight of his past nine (goals in six of nine)… Josh Coblenz has six points in his past five games… Kyle Betts has points in five straight… Duncan, BC native Ben Berard has points in four straight… Tristan Mullin has points in five of six… Cam Donaldson has points in six of seven…
Capping Things Off: Max Newton will be the only Capitals forward to dress in all 58 games… Ty Pochipinski and Josh Owings have each missed only one game this year… The line of Newton, Ayden MacDonald, and Mitch Skapski has combined for 29 points in nine games in February… The Capitals are 4-5-0-0 in the month of February, a substantial improvement from their 1-8-1-0 mark in January… Cowichan has allowed only one PPG in its past three home games (5-6); the Caps had zero PIM in a game for the first time this season on Feb 22 vs. Salmon Arm… With Friday’s win, the Caps improved to 15-0-2-0 when leading after two periods…
Game notes provided by Colton Davies of 89.7 Juice FM.
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