Story and photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
February 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Cowichan Capitals were in town on Friday night to play the Victoria Grizzlies at Bear Mountain Arena. Despite the Grizzlies first place standing, they had to fight for the two goals scored on Caps goaltender Patrick Spano.
With a crowd of 1,269, there were plenty of noisy spectators cheering their teams on.
Two goals were scored near the end of the first period, both goals were power play’s and both were in favor of the Capitals. The first came at 16:15 when Garrett Skrbich buried one in behind Brady Rouleau, getting his team on board with that all important first marker. The second goal was scored by Jesse Neher at 19:52, bringing the period to an end with the scoreboard showing 2-0 for Cowichan.
Grizzlies David Mazurek and Capitals Dane Gibson battle for the puck – photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
With just 46 second into the second period, the Capitals struck again with another power play goal. This time it was Kyle Horsman’s turn to bury the puck in behind Rouleau getting the action going on the ice as well off.
Grizzlies Chris Albertini blows a tire rushing the puck down the ice – photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
At 13:49, the Caps would change the score once again when Jesse Neher scored his second of the night ending the period with the Grizzlies desperate to be given the chance to even things out in the third. This brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Caps.
Grizzlies Kade Pilton defends his goaltender’s net from Mitch Bal – photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The Grizzlies efforts finally paid off in the third period at 6:06 when David Mazurek got his 12th of the season; beating Spano, and changing the scoring to 4-1 for the Capitals.
It’s anyone’s puck for Capitals Tyler Mueller and Grizzlies Leo Fitzgerald – photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Fighting hard once again, the Grizzlies managed to get their second goal of the night when Leo Fitzgerald tucked the puck in the back of the net at 16:09. The celebration was soon short lived as the Capitals’ Luke Gordon and Karver Everson buried the puck into the back of the net at 16:58 and 19:20, with Everson’s goal being an empty netter.
The battle for the puck continues behind the net as Grizzlies Nolan DeJong gets knocked down – photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The final score 6-2 for the Capitals. Total shots on net for the Grizzlies: 36 – Total shots on net for the Capitals: 21.