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Game 2: Penalties prove costly in loss to Clippers

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.

Capitals goal highlight’s can be seen here.


Game Summary

1st Period

1-0 NAN – Josh Bourne from Marcus Mitchell at 8:04 (PPG)

Shots Cowichan Valley 9 Nanaimo 8

2nd Period

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)

3rd Period

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

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