The Cowichan Capitals have snapped the trend of consistently giving up the first goal, the next task on the list is to snap this slide. Cowichan fell in both games to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, in contests that according to both coaching staffs were worth more than two points.
Friday October 13th: Alberni Valley @ Cowichan
The Capitals jumped out to a 1-0 lead at home on Friday night thanks to Alexandre Drapeau’s 2nd goal of the season, and his second straight game with a goal. The Capitals hung onto that lead for the majority of the second and third period before the Bulldogs answered. Keaton Mastrodonato was sprung on a breakaway and tied the game with under six minutes to go. The Bulldogs then capped the comeback win on Isaac Tonkin-Palmer’s overtime winner two minutes into the extra session, claiming the extra point for Alberni Valley.
Alberni Valley 36 Cowichan 33
Alberni Valley 0/3 Cowichan 0/4
3. Alexandre Drapeau CVC
2. Raphael Gosselin CVC
1. Adam Marcoux CVC
Saturday October 14th: Cowichan @ Alberni Valley
Once again the Capitals opened the scoring as Ethan Scardina potted a rebound just outside the Bulldogs crease for his 4th of the season. Cole Broadhurst forced a the Bulldogs into a defensive zone turnover before finding Riley Thorpe, who’s point shot was deflected on goal by Caleb Franklin, before Scardina buried the second chance. Alberni would respond five minutes later as Cayden Kraus tied the game on a two-one-on rush into the Capitals zone as the first period ended with a 1-1 score. The Bulldogs broke it open in the second period as Mitchell Oliver’s power play goal just over a minute in made it 2-1 before Cole Poliziani scored off a face-off making it 3-1 minutes later. Alberni would add another late in the third on a breakaway for Christian Simeone, who iced it with his 3rd of the season, making it 4-1 Bulldogs, who held onto the three goal win.
Alberni Valley 33 Cowichan 32
Alberni Valley 1/4 Cowichan 0/4
3. Sami Pharaon AV
2. Cole Poliziani AV
1. Mitchell Oliver AV
Adam Marcoux played in both games and was great in both as well. It took a breakaway in the third period for Alberni Valley to beat him on Friday, and the Dogs got two of four goals Saturday on either odd man rushes or breakaways. The Capitals had a pair of AP’s in the lineup this weekend as Landon Dziadyk of the Oceanside Generals played Friday, and the Victoria Cougars Darwin Lakoduk played Saturday.
The Capitals also acquired a new forward, Branden Cherwalk on Thursday, but due to complications with the paperwork in the trade could not suit up this weekend. He is expected to be in the lineup on the Capitals upcoming road trip.
Next up the Caps hit the road for three games in two and a half days, as they depart the Island Thursday before games in Trail on Friday, West Kelowna on Saturday and finally Langley on Sunday.