Duncan, BC – The Capitals earned their largest margin of victory this season in beating the Coquitlam Express 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Island Savings Centre.
Max Newton scored his 20th goal of the season at 17:42 of the first period to open the scoring, redirecting a Josh Owings point shot that was headed wide of the goal. Ayden MacDonald drew the second assist on the goal, as he was playing his first game since Dec 14 (four-game suspension). The Capitals would double their lead 11 seconds into the second period, when alternate player Nick Guerra slid one along the ice around the left pad of Express netminder Lawson Fenton.
After scoring two goals on 35 shots in the first 40 minutes, the Capitals scored on their first two shots of the third period. Ayden MacDonald scored his 14th of the season at 1:09, and Jared Domin potted his 19th just 24 seconds later. The game would remain 4-0 until 17:11 of the third, when Justin Perron wired a shot top shelf from inside the right circle, scoring his third goal of the year.
Cowichan would put a season-high 48 shots on goal and allow a season-low 17 shots against. Chris Harpur (0-2-2), Ayden MacDonald (1-1-2) and Max Newton (1-1-2) all had multi-point games, and five different players found the back of the net. Lane Michasiw’s 17 saves earned him his second shutout of the season, and fourth of his BCHL career. In the Coquitlam crease, Fenton made a number of phenomenal saves of his 43 stops on the afternoon. The win for the Capitals was also their first this season by more than three goals – something they had done three times previously.
The Caps play next on Jan 13 at Coquitlam, facing the Express for the second straight time and final time this regular season. That will be the first of a three-game road trip that will also see games at the Wenatchee Wild (Jan 14) and at the West Kelowna Warriors (Jan 15).
Of note: Forward Nick Guerra (’96) of the Saanich Braves was playing his fourth game with the Capitals this season; he now has two goals and an assist with the team this year…Defenseman Ben Grist (’99) of the CSSHL’s Shawnigan Lake School made his BCHL debut… Goalie Rett Rook of the Kerry Park Islanders served as Michasiw’s backup…
The Capitals next home game is Friday, Jan 20 vs. Victoria Grizzlies. To purchase tickets for this game, or to any Capitals home games, 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.
|17:42||CV||Max Newton (20) ASST: Josh Owings (20), Ayden MacDonald(19)|
|0:11||CV||Nick Guerra (2) ASST: Max Newton (21), Chris Harpur (26)|
|1:09||CV||Ayden MacDonald (14) ASST: Chris Harpur (27)|
|1:33||CV||Jared Domin (19) ASST: Michael Montambault (15), Marshall Skapski (6)|
|17:11||CV||Justin Perron (3) ASST: None|
Game Report provided by Colton Davies of 89.7 Juice FM.