Stopping 67 of 69 shots over the course of a pair of wins was enough for the BCHL to take notice of Capitals 19 year old goaltender Zach Borgiel’s work this past weekend, as he was named the league’s first player of the week for the 2019/20 season. His BCHL debut came on Friday night in Nanaimo, and Borgiel was perfect, stopping all 35 Clippers shots on route to a 2-0 opening night shutout win. That came as the first BCHL win and shutout for Borgiel after playing in the GOJHL last year. He was also named as the games first star ahead of Nanaimo goalie Zach Bennett who stopped all but Josh Kagan’s one timer for the game winning goal. On Saturday night, Borgiel got some run support with Cowichan scoring three times in each the first and second periods and twice more in the third for an 8-2 win at the Cowichan Community Centre. All the opponents could get by Borgiel last weekend was a 4 on 3 power play goal and a centring pass that bounced off a skate. He was named the third star in the Saturday game making 32 saves on 34 shots. Borgiel is now 2-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .971 save percentage. His GAA is the lowest in the BCHL, while his SV% is the highest. He is also the only goaltender with a shutout and is one of only two net minders (Wenatchee’s Daniel Chenard) to have recorded two wins.
Dan McIntyre also kept up where he left off in the preseason, recording his first BCHL hat-trick on Saturday evening, scoring in each the first, second, and third periods. He finished with four points on the evening after setting up Brady Lynn’s 2nd period goal. McIntyre scored 5 goals last year, but added two more in the playoffs prior to recording a hat-trick in Cowichan’s first preseason game this season at Alberni Valley, and finishing the preseason with 4 tucks. McIntyre was given a BCHL player of the week honourable mention.
Other Honourable Mentions:
Penticton Vees F Danny Weight: 2GP, 1G, 5A, 1st star
Wenatchee Wild F Nick Cafarelli: 2GP, 3G, 2A, 1st star twice
Surrey Eagles F Cristophe Tellier: 2GP, 2G, 2A
Powell River Kings F Christian Buono: 2GP, 5A, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game
Powell River Kings F Dawson McKay: 2GP, 3G, 2 GWG
Coquitlam Express G Thomas Wardle: 1GP, W, 41 saves on 43 shots, .953 SV%, 2.00 GAA
Next up the Capitals host the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday, September 14th for the lone time this season, before heading to Powell River on September 15th for an afternoon game against the Kings.
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