It may be early in the B.C. Hockey League season, but the Cowichan Valley Capitals have emerged as one of the top teams in the early going.
Through six games, the Caps have four wins, one regulation loss and one overtime loss for nine points. They sit one point back of the Victoria Grizzlies in the Island Division standings, but their .750 win percentage is tied with Victoria.
Only two other teams in the league boast better win percentages than the Caps: the Wenatchee Wild at .900 (four wins and one overtime loss), and the Penticton Vees at .833 (five wins and one regulation loss).
Max Newton and Josh Owings lead the team in scoring with two goals and four assists apiece. Josh Owings and Ayden MacDonald have four points apiece, and Darren Hards, Rhett Kingston and Ryan Hogg each have three points.
In goal, Lane Michasiw has three wins and a loss in his four starts, and his 2.19 goals-against average and .923 save percentage are among the best in the league. Backup Adam Marcoux has an impressive .913 save percentage.
The Caps are on the road for games in Prince George, Merritt and Langley this weekend. They visit the Victoria Cougars on Oct. 7, then play host to the Trail Smoke Eaters on Oct. 8 and the Powell River Kings on Oct. 9.