Cowichan’s Olivier Gauthier, who had a goal and two assists in the game, keeps the puck away from Alberni’s Dawson Tritt, with Cruz Cote providing backup, during Sunday’s 6-5 overtime loss. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Olivier Gauthier, who had a goal and two assists in the game, keeps the puck away from Alberni’s Dawson Tritt, with Cruz Cote providing backup, during Sunday’s 6-5 overtime loss. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Caps get off track in loss to Alberni

Cowichan plays to three-point weekend against Island rivals

After a decisive win on Friday, the Cowichan Valley Capitals didn’t play their own game on Saturday and paid for it with an overtime loss.

The Caps thumped the Nanaimo Clippers 5-1 on Friday in an excellent example of what the team can do when playing its best, then played catch-up with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday until they finally lost 6-5 in overtime.

Including Friday’s result, Cowichan had allowed eight goals in five games going into Saturday. Then in one game, the team gave up six goals, more than they’d allowed in one game in more than a month.

“The last little while, we’ve found a good template for how to play our game,” Capitals head coach Mike Vandekamp said. “We got away from that Saturday and have to get back to it. We’ve been defensively responsible, keeping the puck out of our own net, disciplined, with strong special teams. We have to get back to that.”

Primo Self and Matt Crasa gave the Caps a two-goal lead in the opening 10 minutes of Friday’s game against Nanaimo. The Clippers scored on the powerplay with just under five minutes left to play, and held the momentum going into the first intermission. Powerplay goals by Luc Wilson and Crasa put the Caps back in the driver’s seat in the second period, and a successful penalty shot by Olivier Gauthier just 21 seconds into the third took the pressure off.

Wilson finished the game with a goal and an assist, and Dimitri Mikrogiannakis and Tanner Sidaway each registered two helpers. Zach Borgiel made 31 saves as the Caps were outshot 32-29.

“Obviously, it was a big game for us and the team rose to the occasion,” Vandekamp said.

Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to be played in Port Alberni, but issues with that city’s rink forced it to be relocated to Duncan, and the teams swapped home dates. Despite playing in their own rink, the Caps didn’t have much of an advantage.

“It was kind of a sloppy game for us,” Vandekamp said. “We had a couple of weird bounces around our net. We had a couple of mistakes on defence. Our powerplay was sharp; we gave ourselves a chance.”

Cole Broadhurst scored for Cowichan as the teams were even at 1-1 after one period, then Will Arquiett and Olivier Gauthier had powerplay goals in the second as the teams were locked at 3-3. Alberni went up with a powerplay goal at 7:15 of the third, but the Caps answered back with another powerplay goal at 16:25. The Bulldogs took the lead again at 18:32, but Dan McIntyre pulled the Caps even with just 10 seconds left in regulation. Alberni notched the winner after two minutes and 24 seconds of overtime.

Gauthier totalled a goal and two assists in the game, while McIntyre and Arquiett each had a goal and one helper. Ben Howard took the loss in the Cowichan net with 39 saves as the Caps outshot the Bulldogs 45-44.

With 18 wins, nine regulation losses, two overtime losses and one shootout loss, the Caps are still second in the Island Division with 39 points, one back of the Clippers, who have two games in hand.

The Caps visited the Victoria Grizzlies at the Q Centre on Tuesday, and will do the same on Friday. They visit the Bulldogs on Saturday in what was originally scheduled as a home game.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Lake Cowichan Legion received federal funding in December, 2020 to help the organization weather the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan Legion receives federal COVID-19 assistance funding

Can be used for expenses such as insurance, utilities, rent or mortgages, property taxes, and wages.

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Do you know someone who should not be driving?

We are currently living about 10 years longer than our ability to drive safely.

Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson column: Time to slow down to speed up

In a society where we learn (are forced?) to multitask like crazy

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)
UPDATED: Island Health reports COVID-19 exposure at Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School has been added to the list of schools in… Continue reading

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

The sky above Mt. Benson in Nanaimo is illuminated by flares as search and rescuers help an injured hiker down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Search and Rescue)
Search plane lights up Nanaimo mountain with flares during icy rope rescue

Rescuers got injured hiker down Mt. Benson to a waiting ambulance Saturday night

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

Most Read