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Capitals Weekly Review – December 13

Capitals Win Two of Three on Weekend

Friday, December 9 – 4-3 win (OT) at Trail Smoke Eaters

The Capitals opened their three-game road trip with an overtime win against the Smoke Eaters at the Cominco Arena. Trevor Ayre scored his first goal as a Capital early in the first period, and after Trail scored a pair Ayre would add his second of the period to tie the game. The Smoke Eaters scored again to go up 3-2 after the first, and the score would remain that way until an Ayden MacDonald powerplay goal late in the second. While the goal was recorded as MacDonald’s, it was him who set up Max Newton in the slot, before wiring a shot post and in. A scoreless third period would see great goaltending on both ends, and early in overtime Adam Marcoux made a great right-pad save, allowing Chris Harpur and Newton to quickly go up ice on a 2-on-1. With Harpur going to the goal, Newton would rifle a shot top-shelf, scoring the game-winner against his former team. Assuming the scoring error on MacDonald’s second-period goal is corrected, Newton’s overtime-winning goal against his former squad would be his 100th BCHL point. Marcoux made 33 saves to earn win his third straight start.

Saturday, December 10 – 5-1 loss at Penticton Vees

The Capitals failed to extend their win-streak to three straight against the Vees, losing handily at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Ayden MacDonald scored on the powerplay early in the first period, but that would be all the offense the Caps would muster as Penticton would put five unanswered goals on the board. Lane Michasiw suffered the loss despite making 38 saves.

Sunday, December 11 – 2-1 win at Surrey Eagles

The Caps quickly turned the page on Sunday, with a strong effort and the desired result at the South Surrey Arena. Jared Domin opened the scoring late in the first period, and after the Eagles scored their teddy-bear-toss goal early in the second, Trevor Ayre would score his third goal of the weekend midway through the frame. The Surrey, BC native’s goal would hold up as the game-winner, as the Capitals retained their lead and held on after a 6-on-4 push by the Eagles in the final 1:30 of the game. Strong goaltending was perhaps the theme of the afternoon, as Lane Michasiw and Eagles goalie Michael Botiz were the respective first and second stars. Michasiw made 37 saves en route to his 11th win of the year.

News:

Chris Harpur Lands Commitment to Niagara

The Cowichan Valley Capitals are proud to announce that defenseman and captain Chris Harpur last week committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey at Niagara University for the 2017-18 season. The Niagara-on-the-lake, ON native will be playing right in his backyard. To read the press release from the BCHL, click here.

Teddy Bear Toss:

The Capitals will hold their Teddy Bear Toss night on December 17 vs. Prince George Spruce Kings, in their final game before Christmas. Bring your teddy bear to throw onto the ice when the Caps score their first goal of the evening, which will be donated in the community. Contact the Capitals box office for more information.

Five Hole for Food Challenge:

The Caps home game on December 17 vs. Prince George is also their turn at the BCHL-wide “Five Hole for Food Challenge, presented by First West and its affiliated credit unions, including Island Savings. The initiative is a friendly competition among all BCHL teams to see who can raise the most for their local food bank. Last season’s winners of the Challenge were the Vernon Vipers, who raised 6,877 pounds on their date. To find out more, click here to see the press release from the BCHL.

Capitals at Original Joe’s:

Join the Caps players at Original Joe’s in Duncan following many of the team’s home games during the season. The next player appearance is Wednesday, December 14 following the team’s home game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Redeem your Capitals ticket at OJ’s for 2 for 1 start & share (valid same day as the date on ticket, dine-in only).

Five-Game Flex Packs:

Want to attend Capitals games but can’t do the commitment of season tickets? Five-game flex packs are the perfect solution. At a reduced rate, get general admission tickets to be used at your discretion. Visit the “General” page under the Tickets tab for more info.

Team Leaders:

Goals – Max Newton, Jared Domin (16)

Assists – Chris Harpur (22)

Points – Max Newton, Jared Domin (36)

Penalty Minutes – Jared Domin (44)

Goals Against Average – Lane Michasiw (3.04)

Save Percentage – Lane Michasiw (0.916)

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, December 13 – Practice, 2:15-4:15 pm, Island Savings Centre

Wednesday, December 14 – Game vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Island Savings Centre, 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 8 – Practice, 2:15-3:45, Island Savings Centre

Friday, December 9 – Practice, 10:30-12:30, Island Savings Centre

Saturday, December 10 – Game vs. Prince George Spruce Kings, Island Savings Centre, 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 11 – Off Day

Next Home Game:

The Capitals next home game is on Wednesday, December 14 vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 7:00 pm. To purchase tickets to this game or any other home game, visit the Capitals box office or call 250-748-9930, or contact Marie Ruzesky at marie.ruzesky@cowichancapitals.com, or Scott Yanko at scott.yanko@cowichancapitals.com.