Atom development Capitals capture league championship

After locking up first place in the atom development league, the Cowichan Valley Capitals battled their way to second place in the playoffs.

After locking up first place in the Vancouver Island atom development Division 4 league, the Cowichan Valley Capitals battled their way to second place in the Island playoffs.

The Capitals finished the regular season with a near-perfect record of 10 wins, two ties and no losses. They defeated Campbell River 7-2 in the playoff semifinal, but fell 7-3 to Juan de Fuca in the final last Sunday.

“Our team was dominant in league play,” assistant coach Nigel Hussey said. “Though JDF was a close second.”

The one-two punch of Owen Papineau and Rees Aebischer set the pace for the Cowichan offence all year, and Cohen Stultz led the defence corps, bailing the team out on multiple occasions with his excellent stickhandling. Cooper Douglas and Logan Elzinga provided strong goaltending.

The team will wrap up the season with one final tournament in Richmond this weekend.