Thursday the Cowichan Capitals embarked on a long road trip with stops in Trail, West Kelowna, and Langley, who held the top three spots in the BCHL. The Caps kicked it off in Trail against the Smoke Eaters (9-3-1) on Friday night.
Cowichan Capitals 1 @ Trail Smoke Eaters 4
The Capitals surrendered the first goal for the second game in a row as Smoke Eaters rookie Levi Glasman scored his fifth of the season on a rebound in front of the Capitals goal. Trail lead 1-0 after the first period and would add to it in the second. Ross Armour, the BCHL’s leading scorer recieved a back dorr pass from Jeremy Lucchini to tapp home his league leading 11th of the year, making it 2-0. Just five minutes later the Capitals responded with a power play goal of their own as Azzaro Tinling, in his second game back in the lineup ripped a wrist shot over catching glove of Trail goalie Brandon Wells for his 2nd of the year in just his fifth game. The Caps trailed the Smoke Eaters 2-1 after two. Half way through the 3rd Daine Dubois scored his 2nd of the year to make it 3-1, before exactly thirty seconds later Ryan Murphy tallied his fourth to make it 4-1 Trail. Adam Marcoux was brilliant, stopping 47/51 shots, many of them in spectacular fashion. Wells stopped 19/20 in the Trail goal in the win.
Shots Cowichan Capitals 20 Trail Smoke Eaters 51
PP’s Cowichan 1/6 Trail 1/11
3. Adam Marcoux CVC (47 saves on 51 shots)
2. Nolan Krogfoss TRA (0 G 0 A)
1. Levi Glasman TRA (1 G 0 A)
Cowichan Capitals 2 @ West Kelowna Warriors 3
Once again it was the Capitals opponent opening the scoring as a point shot from Wyatt Head tipped off the catching glove of Capitals goalie Yann Dery and right onto the tape of Warriors forward Bennett Norlin, who deposited his 4th of the season into the back of the net. Ten minutes later the Caps would tie it, as Andrew McCann rushed it up the ice and his shot from the top of the circle hit Andrew Jackson and tipped right onto the stick of Ty Pochipinski, who broke in on a breakaway and scored his team-leading 6th of the season. That came with under two minutes remaining in the 1st as the teams finished it tied 1-1. The Capitals power play would give them their fist lead of the weekend as the Caps won the draw and found Tinling at the top of the circle, who one-timed it into the back of the net for his 3rd of the year and second straight game with a power play goal. Raphael Gosselin and Alex Drapeau assisted on the goal to put Cowichan up 2-1. The Warriors would answer in the 3rd as Jake Harrison’s point shot bounced off Matt Campese infront and beat Adam Marcoux to tie the game, just thirty seconds after that, Chase Stevenson found Chase Dubious back door to give West K the lead. The Capitals would press back but were unable to find the equalizer. Dery started the game for the Capitals and was run over by a West Kelowna forward early in the first, he finished the period stopping 15/16 but did not return for the second and third, as Marcoux stopped 24/26.
Shots Cowichan 29 West Kelowna 42
PP’s Cowichan 1/4 West Kelowna 0/3
3. Wyatt Head WKW (0G 1A)
2. Ty Pochipinski CVC (1G 0A)
1. Jake Harrison WKW (0G 1A)
Cowichan Capitals 2 @ Langley Rivermen 7
Both teams scored a power play goal in the first period, as John Wojciechowski walked off the half wall and beat Marcoux for his 5th of the year. Raphael Gosselin answered with a seeing-eye slap shot from the point on the man advantage for his 2nd of the campaign. Tanner Versluis opened the second period scoring with his first of the season five minutes into the period, regainig the Langley lead. Then with five minutes to go in the frame Angus Crookshank beat a couple Capitals out of the corner for his 7th of the season. The Capitals drew a power play right off the draw, but after icing the puck on the man advatange, Langley won the draw and Spencer Berry blasted a one-timer through traffic for a shorthanded goal, and his first of the year, making it 4-1. With Dery not dressed, call up J.J. Pichette of the VIJHL’s Kerry Park Islanders came on in relief stopping two breakaways on the first three shots he faced as the Caps trailed 4-1 heading to the 3rd. Langley added three more in the third with goals from Trevor St. Jean (7th), Eric Butte (3rd), and Connor Marshall (1st). The Caps would answer late in the game as Brendan Cherwalk scored his first BCHL goal with three minutes to go on a rebound from a Caleb Franklin shot. Marcoux stopped 21/25 in 36 minutes, while the AP Pichette stopped 14/17, Chad Cromar stopped 27/29 for Langley.
Shots Cowichan 29 Langley 42
PP’s Cowichan 1/6 Langley 1/3
3. Jake Livingstone LAN (0G 3A)
2. John Wojciechowski LAN (1G 1A)
1. Spencer Berry LAN (1G 1A)
The Capitals now return home this weekend with a pair of non-divisional matchups with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Chilliwack Chiefs. Cowichan lost 2-1 to Salmon Arm at the Showcase in September, but have yet to see this year’s RBC Cup host chiefs. Along with Pichette, forward Jonathan Stein made his BCHL debut this weekend, appearing in all three games. Stein of the PJHL’s Delta Ice Hawks leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists in twelve games.
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