In the opening game of the 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer, the Cowichan Capitals fell by a 4-2 score to the Langley Rivermen. Langley opened the scoring on a Will Dow-Kenny goal at 2:13 on a 6 on 5 man advantage with a Capitals delayed penalty. Just minutes later Cowichan drew even on a power play goal from Matt Crasa, putting a shot from the slot through the legs of Langley goalie Braedon Fleming for his 3rd of the season. After going to the 2nd tied at 1-1, Langley went back in front on an early power play goal from Devin Leduc as a point shot bounced off his body and in. The Rivermen then extended the lead off a Capitals turnover sending Riley Wallack in through the middle, placing a shot right under the bar for his 1st of the year and a 3-1 Langley lead. The Rivermen added insurance halfway through the third on another power play when Jake Livingstone’s shot made it’s way through traffic into the back of the net increasing the lead to 4-1. The goal turned out to be big as just over a minute later on a delayed Langley Penalty Crasa netted his 2nd on a crazy bounce off the end glass that hit the Langley goalie and bounced in after Crasa’s shot from the slot missed the net. Cowichan would get no closer and Fleming was named the 1st star with 34 saves on 36 shots. Ben Howard picked up the loss for Cowichan, stopping 18 out of 22. Langley went 2/5 on the power play and scored on a delayed penalty call, while Cowichan scored on one out of six power plays, and adding one on a delayed call.
Cowichan is now 8-3 on the season and has their three game win streak snapped. Langley is 3-6 on the year with two wins in their last three games. Next up Cowichan will face Surrey Thursday at 4:00 to wrap up the showcase and the season series with Surrey having won the two previous meetings. Cowichan’s next home game is October 11th against Trail.
If you can’t make it to the game, every Capitals game home and away is broadcast live on 89.7 Juice FM on the FM dial, or you can listen live online on mycowichanvalleynow.com, and watch live on Hockey TV pay-per-view.