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Game 17 Preview: Caps host Victoria Friday to wrap up home-and-home

Photo Credit: Laura Landry Photography

The Cowichan Capitals will look for 3 out of a possible four points in a home and home set with the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night at the Cowichan Community Centre after a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday in the BC Capital. Cowichan struggled out of the gate, and Victoria took a 3-0 lead in the game on Tuesday, before the Capitals clawed their way back, using goals from Andy Bridgewater, Luc Wilson, and Will Arquiett to tie the game, with the equalizer coming with 2:07 left in the 3rd period. Cowichan played a tremendous final 40 minutes after a slow opening frame, and controlled large parts of the game, but it wasn’t enough to claim the extra point, as a penalty called by the back referee sent Victoria to a 4 on 3 power play, which Bryce Anderson scored the winner on, with 30 seconds left in the man advantage and 90 seconds left in overtime. Victoria goals came from defensemen James Davenport and Andrew Braun, while Andrew Amousse had the other. Former Capital Blake Wood made 44 saves on 47 shots, while Zach Borgiel stopped 22/26 in the game.

Friday will be the third meeting of the season between the teams, after Cowichan hammered Victoria 8-2 in the Caps home opener back on September 7th. Cowichan remains atop the Island Division with a 10-4-1-1 record this season, and return home where they have claimed 11 of a possible 14 points in 7 home games. They’ve also scored 29 goals in those 7 home games, an average of more than four per game. Victoria is 3-5 on the road, having given up 34 goals while playing away from home.

Who’s Hot: The line of Andy Bridgewater, Luc Wilson, and Matt Crasa combined for 5 points in the game with Bridgewater and Wilson each picking up a goal and an assist. Tyrell Boucher beautifully set up the tying goal for his 14th assist of the season, the 3rd highest mark in the BCHL, he’s also the second highest scoring D-man in the league. James Davenport leads Grizzlies defensemen with 3 goals this season after scoring in each of the last two games, and has points in his last 4 games.

How to follow: Join us at the Cowichan Community Centre when the puck drops at 7:00PM, with the doors opening at 6:00. Adult tickets are $14, while student and seniors tickets go for $11. If you can’t make it to the game, all 58 Capitals games are broadcasted live on the radio on 89.7 Juice FM, you can listen live at mycowichanvalleynow.com or watch the live pay-per-view broadcast on HockeyTV.