The Alberni Valley Bulldogs spoiled Cowichan’s opening night party with a 3-2 shootout win to kick off both teams’ 2018/19 BCHL season. Dawson Tritt opened the scoring midway through the 2nd period on a wraparound after fighting off a pair of checks for his first of the season, the game’s lone marker through 40 minutes. Cowichan would answer back in the third, first it was the captain Vincent Millette, snapping a wrister past John Hawthorne on a 3-on-2 rush for his first as a Cap, then shortly after, Boo Grist scored his first BCHL goal on a rocket from the near side. Alberni would answer back with just over five minutes remaining in regulation as Evan Googins roofed a shot in stride over the catching glove of Jack Grant for his first of the year. 3 on 3 overtime yielded no winner, so for the first time in BCHL history, a shootout was needed. Jackson Doucet snuck a wrist shot under the arm of Grant for the only goal of the shootout and a 3-2 Alberni Valley victory. Next up the Caps head to Nanaimo Saturday night for the Clippers home opener and the return to Nanaimo for Mike Vandekamp, David Melaragni, Preston Broadziak, Lucas Vanroboys, and Vincent Millette.
1st period – No scoring – Shots 13-10 Cowichan Valley
1-0 AV – Dawson Tritt, unassisted at 7:52
Shots 16-10 Cowichan in the 2nd, 29-20 total
1-1 – Vincent Millette from Paul Selleck at 5:01
2-1 CV – Boo Grist from Adam Conquest and Luc Wilson at 11:26
2-2 Evan Googins from Jackson Doucet and Camron Cervone at 14:08
Rd 1 – AV Doucet – Goal
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