VIDEO: Capitals win hockey battle with Lake Cowichan School

First period action saw the goals start to go in. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)First period action saw the goals start to go in. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Action swung from end to end from the get-go in this game. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Action swung from end to end from the get-go in this game. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan School’s hockey team enjoy the chance to host the Capitals. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Lake Cowichan School’s hockey team enjoy the chance to host the Capitals. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There was plenty of action in front of both nets. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)There was plenty of action in front of both nets. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The LCS team scores one of its nine goals. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The LCS team scores one of its nine goals. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Nope, that one’s not going in, the goalie says. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Nope, that one’s not going in, the goalie says. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Some of the Lake Cowichan team are not as big as the Caps but that didn’t make them less dangerous around the net. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Some of the Lake Cowichan team are not as big as the Caps but that didn’t make them less dangerous around the net. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It’s a fun game for all involved, as you can see by this photo. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)It’s a fun game for all involved, as you can see by this photo. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A Lake Cowichan player puts some muscle behind a shot on goal. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)A Lake Cowichan player puts some muscle behind a shot on goal. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The game was close because everyone took advantage of their chances. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The game was close because everyone took advantage of their chances. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
An empty net sits temptingly in the Capitals end but Lake Cowichan was unable to get a shot. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)An empty net sits temptingly in the Capitals end but Lake Cowichan was unable to get a shot. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
With an extra man in the attacking end, the Caps tie the score at 9-9. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)With an extra man in the attacking end, the Caps tie the score at 9-9. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
After their overtime goal, the visitors celebrate the win. (Lexi z/Citizen)After their overtime goal, the visitors celebrate the win. (Lexi z/Citizen)

No one was leaving early Tuesday, Dec. 11 as the Lake Cowichan School hockey team took on the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

With a Caps goalie bolstering the LCS team, the players from both squads enjoyed a real goal fest with the lead seesawing back and forth throughout all three periods at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

Finally, two goals down with the end of the game only a couple of minutes away, the Caps coach decided to pull his goalie, leaving the net temptingly open. However, LCS couldn’t manage a single shot as their end boiled with junior A players.

With just over four seconds left in the game, the Capitals tied the score at 9-9. Yep, that’s 9-9.

A four minute overtime period was announced, and play started but almost before the puck had dropped the Caps roared in to score the winning goal.

During the game $250 was donated to the LCS team from the 50/50 draw but, according to an announcement just before the third period began, the team decided to donate it to the Lake Cowichan food bank instead.