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Capitals fall to Clippers in home opener

The Cowichan Capitals fell 8-3 to the Nanaimo Clippers in their season opener at the Island Savings Centre after Nanaimo scored six times in the first period.

Haydn Hopkins, one of Cowichan’s four twenty year olds opened the scoring on a back door feed from Azzaro Tinling for his first of the season just over five minutes into the first period. Nanaimo responded with three goals in a span of 1:32 to take a 3-1 lead. The Clippers would find the back of the net three more times in the opening twenty minutes, holding a 6-1 lead after the first period. Clipper goals in the period came from Jamie Collins, David Melaragni, Jack MacNab, David Silye, Jake Harris and Tristan Crozier.

Brad Belisle made it 7-1 Clippers four minutes into the second period, as he beat Capitals net minder Yann Dery, who replaced starter Adam Marcoux after the first period. Ty Pochipinksi scored the only other goal of the period, a power play marker, as he walked out of the corner and beat Clippers goaltender Austin Roden on the backhand. Nanaimo lead 7-2 after forty minutes with each team scoring once in the second period.

Yuri Davis-Martel scored the second Capitals power play goal in a row, when he took a pass from Nicholas Wilson and ripped a one-timer high short side for his first BCHL goal. The tally came just over five minutes into the third and brought Cowichan within four. Cal Babych scored Nanaimo’s final goal with forty-five seconds remaining in the game to make it an 8-3 final.

The Capitals finished 2/4 on the power play, while Nanaimo was 1/4.

Attendance: 915

3 Stars:

3 – Caleb Franklin (Cow)

2 – Collin Heinold (Nan)

1 – Jamie Collins (Nan)

Next up the Capitals host the Powell River Kings on Saturday, September 16th at 7 PM, then welcome the Coquitlam Express on Sunday September 17th, before hitting the road for the annual BCHL Showcase at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.