After going 3/3 on the penalty kill opening night, it seemed like the Cowichan Capitals kind of had the man short situation figured out. Along with killing off all 3 penalties, Alberni Valley didn’t get much in terms of scoring chances a man up either. Shifting to Saturday the Capitals held a parade to the penalty box, giving the Nanaimo Clippers 11 power-play opportunities, and the hosts made them pay. Josh Bourne opened the scoring a man up for Nanaimo when he centering feed from the corner banked off the stick of Capitals netminder Jack Grant and in. Cowichan outshot Nanaimo 9-8 in the frame but trailed 1-0 through twenty. The Clippers would add to their lead in the 2nd as Marcus Mitchell found a lose puck at the side of the goal and wrapped it around far side for his first of two in the period to make it 2-0, once again on the power-play. Mackenzie Merriman and Mitchell’s 2nd of the game had Nanaimo up 4-0 through fourty minutes. The Capitals would get on the board with a power-play goal of their own as Adam Conquest found a rebound in the slot and backhanded his first BCHL goal into the yawning cage. The Clippers answered back with two more, former Capital Ethan Scardina finished off a pretty passing play driving hard to the goal, and Merriman picked up an errant ring around and snapped his 2nd into the back of the goal. Paul Selleck would add a late one for the Caps just outside of the final minute to make it a 6-2 game.
Next up the Capitals host the #1 team in the first CJHL National Rankings in the Penticton Vees, Friday at the Island Savings Centre and Saturday visit the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
1-0 NAN – Josh Bourne from Marcus Mitchell at 8:04 (PPG)
Shots Cowichan Valley 9 Nanaimo 8
2-0 NAN – Marcus Mitchell from Josh Bourne and Aiden Hansen-Bukata at 3;44 (PPG)
3-0 NAN – Mackenzie Merriman from Ethan Scardina and Matthew Mosher at 12:43
4-0 NAN – Marcus Mitchell (2) from Aiden Hansen-Bukata at 19:18 (PPG)
Shots Cowichan Valley 6 (15) Nanaimo 15 (23)
4-1 NAN – Adam Conquest from David Melaragni and William Croteau at 2:37 (PPG)
5-1 NAN – Ethan Scardina from Jordan Dawson and Josh Bourne at 6:09
6-1 NAN – Mackenzie Merriman (2) from Matthew Mosher at 13:42
6-2 NAN – Paul Selleck from Vincent Millette at 18:46
Shots Cowichan Valley 13 (28) Nanaimo 12 (35)
PP’s Cowichan Valley 1/5 Nanaimo 3/11
If you can’t make it to the rink, every Capitals game, home and away, is broadcasted on 89.7 Juice FM – Cowichan’s biggest variety including a pre and post game show with Justis Doucet, or you can tune in on Hockey TV pay-per-view.
For tickets, select general under the Ticket section of the hot bar on the home page of the site. Adult single game tickets are just $14, and students are only $11. Or you can pick up a 10 game flex-pack for only $112 for adults, saving you $38!