An out-of-division game being played in the stretch run of the season in February gives some added flavor to the Cowichan Valley Capitals and Salmon Arm Silverbacks game on Friday night. As to does the marking of the first meeting between these teams since hooking up to make the biggest trade in the BCHL on deadline day last month.
Silverbacks forwards Trevor Ayre and Ryan Hogg and Capitals forwards Mitch Skapski and Haydn Hopkins will see many familiar faces at the Island Savings Centre, as those respective players face their former clubs for the first time since switching jerseys on January 10th. The Capitals sent the two 18-year-old’s Hogg and Ayre, as well as future considerations to the Silverbacks in exchange for the 20-year-old Skapski and 19-year-old Hopkins.
Hogg, a native of Duncan, BC who turned 18-years old on Dec 3, played 122 games as a Capital over parts of three seasons. Hogg this season had five goals and 16 assists in 41 games with the Capitals; his 21 points more than doubled his career-high of 10 set in 42 games last year. Ayre played 20 games as a member of the Capitals after being acquired by Cowichan from the Langley Rivermen in November earlier this season; he totaled four goals and seven points in 20 games.
These teams last played on Nov 19 in Salmon Arm, where the Capitals skated to a 5-2 win in front of 1,166 fans at the Shaw Centre. The first period in that game saw a combined five goals, as Ayden MacDonald opened the scoring while Jared Domin and George Sennott also scored for the Capitals. Justin Wilson and ex-Capital Carter Cochrane had goals for the Silverbacks, as the home team led 27-10 in shots after the first. Sennott’s goal would hold up as the game-winner, as Chris Harpur scored in the second and Michael Montambault scored in the third to give the Caps some insurance. Goalie Adam Marcoux made 55 saves in the Capitals crease to earn the win, and Cowichan was paced by a 3-7 powerplay on the night.
After ending a nine-game losing streak on Feb 4 at Powell River, the Capitals head into Friday’s game coming off a 5-4 loss at home to the Nanaimo Clippers on Tuesday night. Justin Perron had a pair of goals for the Capitals, the first multi-point game of his BCHL career, while Mitch Skapski and John Sladic added goals as well. Lane Michasiw stopped 35 shots on the night.
The Silverbacks were in action last on Tuesday night as well, hosting the Trail Smoke Eaters at the Shaw Centre where the teams played to a 1-1 tie in front of the 1,045 fans in Salmon Arm. Carter Stephenson had the lone Silverbacks goal, as his team led 43-35 in shots on the night. Goalie Nic Tallarico made 34 saves in the ‘Backs crease.
Both Cowichan and Salmon Arm currently occupy playoff positions, and both are looking to lock up playoff spots in the final two and a half weeks of the season. The Capitals (21-26-3-2, 47 points) sit third in the Island Division, six points ahead of the fifth-place Bulldogs. The Silverbacks (18-26-3-3, 42 points) sit sixth in the Interior Division, and need to finish above the fifth-place Mainland team to clinch; they currently sit six points ahead of the Surrey Eagles, who occupy fifth in the Mainland Division.
Puck drop tonight at the Island Savings Centre is at 7:00 pm.
Capitals: Mitch Skapski has goals in three straight games… John Sladic has goals in back-to-back contests and has put up three goals and an assist in that span… Leading-scorer Max Newton has points in four straight games… Ayden MacDonald has points in three of his past four games and seven of his past nine… Justin Perron has three goals in the past three games…
Silverbacks: Newly-named captain and leading-scorer Carson Bolduc has points in eight straight games, totaling two goals and 10 assists in that span… Justin Wilson had a five-game point streak come to an end on Tuesday night… Elijiah Barriga has points in five of his past six games…
Need to Know: Capitals forward Jared Domin returns to the lineup tonight after serving a four-game suspension…
Game notes provided by Colton Davies of 89.7 Juice FM.
Puck drops @ 7 PM
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