The Cowichan Capitals split this weekends schedule at the Island Savings Centre, falling to the Powell River Kings 9-7 on Saturday evening before defeating the Coquitlam Express 5-3 on Sunday.
Cowichan Capitals 7 vs Powell River Kings 9
The visiting Powell River Kings put up nine goals for the second straight night after a 9-1 win in Nanaimo on Friday night, as they scored three times in each period. The Capitals trailed 3-1 after the first period with Nick Wilson scoring his first of the season on a breakaway. Ethan Scardina brought the Capitals within one early in the second with his first BCHL goal, sliding a backhander just across the goal line. The Kings would score three straight to go up 6-2, before Wilson scored his second of the evening late in the period as Cowichan trailed 6-3 after forty minutes. The Capitals flew out of the gate in the third period, scoring twice in the first 1:38 of the third, with goals from Ty Pochipinski and Hugh Larkin’s first in the BCHL. Cowichan had a chance to tie the game on the man advantage but Ethan Kimball scored a shorthanded breakaway goal for Powell River to put them up 7-5. Cole Broadhurst then added his first BCHL goal with 1:15 left to pull Cowichan back within one. Powell River would hit the empty net with fifty seconds left to regain the two goal lead, but Alec Zawatsky scored for Cowichan with fifteen seconds left to make it 8-7. That was as close as Cowichan would get, as the Kings scored another empty net goal, on route to a 9-7 win.
Shots: Cowichan 25 Powell River 51
PP: Cowichan 1/5 Powell River 1/6
3 – Adam Marcoux (42 saves)
2- Carter Turnbull (2G 1A)
1 – Nick Wilson (2G 1A)
Cowichan Capitals 5 vs Coquitlam Express 3
Cowichan used a big third period to comeback for their first win of the season against the now 0-2-1 Express. It was Coquitlam opening the scoring, Christian Sanda scored two minutes in, before Hunter Fraser scored from the point on a delayed penalty to put the visitors up 2-0 early in the first period. The Capitals would find the back of the net late in the period, as Andrew Jackson collected a rebound in front of the net on a 5 on 3 powerplay and buried his first of the season as Cowichan trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes. There was no scoring in the second period, but both teams lost a top six forward to an ejection. First it was one of Coquitlam’s goal scorers in Sanda that was thrown out for checking from behind at 5:45 of the second, then the Capitals Haydn Hopkins recieved the same penalty at 7:04 and was tossed. For the second straight game the Capitals stormed back early in the third period as Jackson scored his second of the game just twenty-three seconds into the period. Ty Pochipinski then gave the Caps their first lead with another power play goal, it was Pochipinski’s third of the season, with all three coming on the man advantage. Coquitlam tied the game a minute later on another seeing-eye point shot, this time from Jake Brien. Ethan Scardina responded for Cowichan pulling a centering pass out of his skates and beating the Coquitlam netminder between the legs to put the Caps up for good. Azzaro Tinling iced it with the Capitals third power play goal of the game, to put Cowichan up two on his first as a Capital. Cowichan picked up their first win of the season in the final game of a three game homestand, 5-3 over Coquitlam.
Shots: Cowichan 38 Coquitlam 40
PP: Cowichan 3/8 Coquitlam 1/8
3 – Adam Marcoux (37 Saves)
2 – Ty Pochipinski (1 G 2A)
1 – Andrew Jackson (2G 2A)
Next up the Capitals are in Chilliwack for the BCHL Showcase, they face Salmon Arm on Wednesday at 4PM and West Kelowna on Thursday at 4PM.