Skylar Pacheco’s overtime goal gave the Cowichan Valley Capitals a hugely important two points in the standings as they edged the Powell River Kings 4-3 at The Stick on Tuesday night.
With the teams playing threeon-three hockey in the second overtime, Cowichan forward Kade Kehoe carried the puck up the ice and fed it to Pacheco, whose shot found its way through traffic and into the back of the net.
"It was a good comeback win," Capitals head coach Bob Beatty said. "It was an exciting game for the fans."
The Caps trailed 2-0 after the first period, but got back in the game in the second, and were down 3-2 after 40 minutes following goals by Sean Harrison and Adam Osczevski. Luke Santerno scored the lone goal of the third, sending the game to overtime and setting up Pacheco’s chance to be the hero.
Harrison and Santerno both finished with a goal and an assist, while Kade Kehoe had two helpers, including one on Pacheco’s winner. Goalie Matt Zentner earned the win with 43 saves on 46 shots. The Caps played disciplined hockey, not taking a single penalty, while the Kings were assessed five minors and two misconducts.
The Caps, who remain nine points back of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for the last Island Division playoff spot, have two more games against the Kings in Powell River this weekend.
"When you play a three game set with one game at home, you want to make sure you get a leg up," Beatty said. "It’s tough to play in Powell River, and they’re in a battle for second place. The points are as meaningful to them as they are for us."