Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
November 2, 2012, Langford, BC – The Island division leading Victoria Grizzlies should have had an easy go of things on Friday night when they took on the cellar dwelling Cowichan Valley Capitals in British Columbia Hockey League action at Bear Mountain Arena, but the Capitals came into the game loaded for bear and defeated the Grizzlies 3-1 before a crowd of 1,455.
The Grizzlies started former Capital Brady Rouleau between the pipes and he played a strong game kicking side 23 of the 26 shots he faced. Cowichan Valley countered with Derek Dun, the busier of the two facing 28 shots, who stymied the Grizzlies on numerous occasions.
Capitals goaltender Derek Dun deflects shot from Grizzlies Dante Hahn during 1st period of Friday night’s BCHL game at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Cowichan Valley’s Mikael Jung was in fine form getting in on all 3 Capitals goals on the night. He tipped home a Travis Stephens pass at 14:21 of the 1st period to open the scoring. He would notch his 2nd of the night just 50 seconds into the 2nd period when Stephens again found him alone in front and he shoveled it high over Rouleau.
Mikael Jung lead the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night scoring a pair of goals and adding an assists in the Capitals 3-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Grizzlies cut the Caps lead in half when Dante Hahn, who has been selected to participate in the CJHL Top Prospects game next week, lifted the puck over a sprawling Dun on a two man advantage just over half way through the 2nd period.
Victoria’s Garret Skrbich is unable to connect on a loose puck in front of Cowichan Valley’s Derek Dun during Friday night’s BCHL game at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Cowichan would restore the 2 goal lead 2 minutes later when Ryan Coghlan found the back of the net with Jung getting an assist.
Neither team could bulge the twine in the 3rd period.
Grizzlies’ Myles Fitzgerald watches as Capitals’ Derek Dun kicks aside his backhand attempt during BCHL action at Bear Mountain Arena on Friday night . (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
With the win Cowichan Valley now sits just 4 points back of the 4th place Powell River Kings with 4 games in hand while the Grizzlies remain atop the division with a 7 point cushion over the Nanaimo Clippers.
The Grizzlies now head out on the road for games in Kelowna next Friday and Prince George next Saturday before returning home to Bear Mountain Arena to battle the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on November 16. The Capitals are back at Island Savings Centre in Duncan tonight against the Powell River Kings and on Sunday against the Coquitlam Express.
Victoria’s Blake Thompson was named Foris BC Energy Player of the Game on Friday night at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Game Notes: Blake Thompson was named Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game and Jung (1st), Stephens (2nd) and Hahn (3rd) earned the games 3 stars.