Matthew Crasa skates away from a Trail Smoke Eaters player during Friday’s game at the Cowichan Arena, a 6-5 shootout loss for the Caps. Crasa had five official goals in two games on the weekend and scored once in Friday’s shootout as well. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Crasa explodes to help Caps take three points

Cowichan falls in shootout at home, beats Kings in Powell River

Matthew Crasa had a phenomenal weekend for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, posting an unofficial hat trick on Friday, then getting the real thing on Saturday as his team collected three of a possible four points.

Crasa scored twice in regulation on Friday, then was the only Cowichan player to score in the shootout as the Caps lost 6-5 at home against the Trail Smoke Eaters. In Powell River the next day, Crasa scored three times in regulation to lead his team to a 6-3 victory over the Kings.

In just eight games since he joined the Caps in late September, the New York City native has scored nine times and added a pair of assists to rank among the B.C. Hockey League’s leaders in points-per-game.

The Caps took a 4-3 lead into the third period on Friday, and Crasa made it 5-3 just before the two-and-a-half-minute mark. Trail’s Michael Colella scored his second of the game just over three minutes later, then completed his hat trick and tied it up at 5-5 with less than two minutes left to play.

Nothing was sorted out by five minutes of three-on-three overtime sending the game to a shootout. Crasa scored on the Caps’ first shootout attempt before Trail netminder Logan Terness turned aside the next five Cowichan shooters. Meanwhile, Trail’s second shooter and the BCHL’s leading scorer, Kent Johnson, scored, then Borgiel stopped the next three before he was beaten by Max Kryski as the Caps took a single point in their first game of 2019-20 to go longer than 60 minutes.

In addition to Crasa, the Caps got goals from Brady Lynn, Will Arquiett and Tanner Sidaway, who scored his first BCHL goal after three years in the Western Hockey League, while Luc Wilson added two assists. Both teams had 36 shots in regulation and overtime, Borgiel making 30 saves and Trail’s Donovan Buskey and Logan Terness combined for 31. Cowichan forward Cole Broadhurst left the game after blocking a shot late in the third period, and didn’t play the next night either.

On Saturday, the Caps travelled to Powell River for the first time since Sept. 15, when the Kings handed them their first loss of the season. Cowichan outscored Powell River 2-1 in each period to win by a comfortable margin.

In the first period, it was Crasa and rookie David Wang — who registered his first BCHL assist on Friday — doing the damage. Crasa scored both second-period goals. The third-period games came from Sidaway, with his second in two games, and Primo Self. Sidaway finished with a goal and two assists, and Self totalled a goal and one helper. Borgiel made 37 saves to collect his league-leading 10th win as the Caps were outshot 40-38.

The Caps remain first in the Island Division, two points ahead of the Nanaimo Clippers, and are tied for second in the league with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, one point back of the Penticton Vees.

Cowichan visited the Victoria Grizzlies on Tuesday night for the first part of a home-and-home series that will conclude at the Cowichan Arena on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Caps will also host the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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

Just Posted

LAKE FLASHBACK: Police, fire, layoffs, and Citizen of the Year

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old… Continue reading

Cowichan Valley invited to bid to host another BC Games

BC Games Society invites North Cowichan to apply

Finishing touches being applied to new downtown Chemainus Market

Official grand opening will be on March 28 as excitement builds

Early exit for LMG

For the first time since 2013, Cowichan LMG has taken an early… Continue reading

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Comox 442 Squadron carries out two sea rescue missions north of Vancouver Island

Submitted by Lt. Alexandra Hejduk Special to Black Press 442 Transport and… Continue reading

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs optimistic ahead of talks with feds, province

Discussions with provincial and federal governments expected to start later today

Most Read