A third-period surge gave the Cowichan Valley Capitals their second win of the B.C. Hockey League preseason.
Tied 1-1 with the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs going into the final frame at the Cowichan Arena on Wednesday night, the Caps scored three times in under two and a half minutes to go up 4-1, then held off a late push to secure the victory.
Mitch Veelstra opened the scoring for Alberni in the first period, but Guillaume St. Onge replied for Cowichan in the second.
Exactly five minutes into the third, Andy Bridgewater showed off some slick moves to give the Caps their first lead of the game. That was followed by rapid-fire powerplay goals from Josh Kagan at 6:56 and Dan McIntyre at 7:24.
The Bulldogs got one back when Jacob Bosse scored at 15:51, then made it a one-goal game when Ryan Doolin converted a powerplay with 36 seconds left to play.
Bridgewater and McIntyre both finished with a goal and an assist, and linemate Zach Brooks had two assists. Zach Borgiel went the distance in the Cowichan net, stopping 25 of 28 shots.
Next up for the Caps are back-to-back games against the Victoria Grizzlies to close out exhibition play. The Island rivals square off in Duncan on Friday at 7 p.m., then in Sooke on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Cowichan’s season opener is set for next Friday when they visit the Nanaimo Clippers at Frank Crane Arena. The Caps’ home opener is the next night against Victoria at 6 p.m.