After an up-and-down opening weekend saw the Capitals claim a single point in a shootout loss to Alberni Valley last Friday, and a 6-2 road loss in Nanaimo Saturday, they went back to work in preparation for the #1 ranked CJHL team. Although it was a pre-season ranking the Penticton Vees have earned their right to be in that discussion. They’ve won over 40 games each of the last four years, and last season were the top BCHL regular season team.
Cowichan enters into a back-to-back set this evening as Saturday the Caps head to Alberni Valley for a rematch between the two teams that opened up the season against one another. While the Vees after playing just a single game last week, embark on a rare 2 game, Island Division road swing, with stops in Cowichan Friday, and Victoria on Saturday. The Vees lost their road opener in Langley last Friday, as the Rivermen went 2/4 on the power-play and scored three third period goals in a 5-2 win.
It’s been said by both players and coaches that this season Cowichan will have to score by committee, and so far they’ve done that, Boo Grist and Adam Conquest have scored their first BCHL goals, and both Vincent Millette and Paul Selleck have their first as Capitals after being acquired via trade in the offseason. Conquest is the current team leader in points with a goal and an assist in two games.
Jack Grant started both games in net for Cowichan last weekend, he stopped 29/31 in the shootout loss to Alberni Valley and 28/34 in the loss to Nanaimo. Jack LaFontaine started the Vees lone game and allowed 5 goals on 16 shots.
The Capitals key this evening will be staying disciplined, as they took ten minor penalties in Nanaimo and even while killing off seven of them, the Clippers scored their first two goals on the man advantage and Cowichan, spending much of their time shorthanded, was unable to dig out of the hole.
Puck drop is at 7PM tonight, with doors opening at 6PM. See you there!
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!