Duncan, BC – Lane Michasiw warned his first shutout of the season, a 38-save performance, and was a big reason why the Capitals earmed a 2-0 win at home over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night.
In a game that saw lots of penalties, the first goal on the night didn’t come until 16:20 of the third period. Trevor Ayre netted his fourth goal in as many games, as well as his second game-winner in as many games. He tipped in a Marshall Skapski shot from the right point, just getting it over the right pad of Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys. Max Newton would add an empty netter for the Capitals with eight seconds left in the third.
Both goalies made a number of impressive saves on the night; Brody Claeys robbed Newton on a shorthanded chance in the first, who came in on a near breakaway and deked to his backhand. Claeys would later stop Rhett Kingston on a partial breakaway of his own in the third, who tried to deke to his back hand. Michasiw made routine work of most of his 38 stops, but none were bigger than denying Alex MacDonald on a 2-on-1 chance. The Bulldogs forward took a pass across from Trevor Cosgrove and one-timed a shot but Michasiw, ranging to his left, was able to throw the glove up and deny a puck destined for the top corner.
Alberni led 38-21 in shots on the night, and the Bulldogs were 0-5 on the powerplay while the Caps were 0-6. Ayden MacDonald was given a major and a game misconduct at 5:04 of the second, as Malik Kaila was forced the leave on a stretcher after taking a hit from the Capitals forward. Marshall Skapski recorded his first point as a Capital and captain Chris Harpur played in his 150th regular season BCHL game.
Cowichan has now won four of its past five games. The Caps will play their final game before the holidays on Saturday, Dec 17, when they have their teddy bear toss night and BCHL five hole for food challenge night when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings.