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Game Day: Capitals Back Home to Face Bulldogs

After a weekend that saw the Caps win two of three games, they’ll look to continue their winning ways playing at home to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night. The Capitals head into action with wins in three of their past four games.

This is only the third of eight meetings between these Island Division clubs; Cowichan will see Alberni six times in their final 23 outings of the regular season.

The Capitals (17-14-2-2, 3rd Island) most recently defeated the Surrey Eagles 2-1 at the South Surrey Arena on Sunday. Jared Domin opened the scoring late in the first period, and Trevor Ayre would score to make it 2-1 midway through the second, which would be the eventual game-winner from the Surrey native. Darius Davidson had the lone goal for the home club on their teddy bear toss game, as he made the score 1-1 and made it rain teddy’s early in the second period. Lane Michasiw earned the victory with 37 saves and a first-star performance, as the Eagles led 38-31 in shots.

The Bulldogs (11-17-5-1, 5th Island) also had their teddy bear toss game on Sunday, but dropped a 2-1 score to the visiting Wenatchee Wild in front of 1,661 at the Weyerhauser Arena. Charlie Combs put the Wild on the board first with his league-leading 34th goal of the year, and Brendan Harris put the visitors up 2-0 in the second with his league-leading 58th point. Cayden Kraus would score just over five minutes into the third, allowing the fans to unleash the teddy bears. That would be as close as Alberni would come, as Wenatchee held on for the two points despite the home team leading 13-8 in third-period shots. The Wild led 36-32 in shots on the afternoon, as ‘Dogs goalie Carson Schamerhorn made 34 saves in the loss. Alberni also didn’t take a minor penalty in the game, and would go 0-3 on the powerplay.

Sunday’s game was the third in three days for the Bulldogs, who played back-to-back games in Powell River the days before, losing 5-4 in double overtime on Friday before knocking off the Kings 4-2 on Saturday.

Since the Caps and Bulldogs last met on Nov 23, when they played to a 3-3 tie, Alberni is 4-2-1-0 in their past seven outings. Cowichan, meanwhile, is 4-3-0-0 in that same span. That game in Duncan was the Bulldogs first of seven straight games on the road; entering that stretch with only one win in nine road games on the season, Alberni would go 4-1-1-1, earning points in six of those seven matchups. They now sit four points back of the fourth-place Nanaimo Clippers in the Island Division with a game in hand.

Following tonight’s contest these teams will play again on Jan 4 at the Weyerhauser Arena. That meeting is the Caps next road game on their schedule, as the team tonight will play the first of three straight at home.

Puck drop at the Island Savings Centre is at 7:00 pm.

Who’s Hot:

Capitals: Chris Harpur has points in back-to-back games; the captain has 15 points in his past 16 games and is fourth in scoring among BCHL defensemen… Trevor Ayre had three goals and one assist in three Caps games last weekend, while Michael Montambault has eight points in his past six games. Goalie Adam Marcoux has won three straight starts for the Caps.

Bulldogs: Ryan Steele had a five-game point streak snapped on Sunday, and Mackenzie Wight had a four-game point streak of his own snapped. Jake WitkowskiTristan Bukovec and captain Jordan Sandhu all had respective three-game point streaks snapped on Sunday as well.

Did You Know?: Tonight will be Chris Harpur‘s 150th career BCHL game; it’ll be his 94th as a member of the Capitals… Trevor Ayre had his first career BCHL game-winning goal on Sunday at Surrey; of Ayre’s six goals this season, five have come on the road… Jared Domin scored his fifth first period goal of the season on Sunday; only Max Newton (6) has more… Cowichan is 1-0-0-1 against Alberni so far this year; the Capitals won five of eight meetings last season… The Caps tonight have a chance to win four of five games, something they’ve done once this season (Sep 22 – Oct 2)… The Caps were a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill on Sunday, marking the first time they haven’t allowed a powerplay goal in a game since Nov 20 at Vernon…

Game notes provided by Colton Davies of 89.7 Juice FM.