Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
February 24, 2013, Cowichan BC (ISN) – The Cowichan Capitals played host to the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday night at Island Savings Centre in Duncan. The teams played in front of a large group of fans from both sides, including a bus filled with loyal Grizzlies fans.
With Patrick Spano in net for the Capitals and Michael Stiliadis in net for the Grizzlies it looked as though the first period was going to end scoreless. Late in the first twenty, three goals were scored with the Capitals making the first strike. Truman Gonzales scored his first of the season at 16:26, the Grizzlies soon struck back with an unassisted marker when Stefan Nicholishen buried the puck behind Spano at the 17:46 mark.
Grizzlies Turner Lawson gets side swiped by Capitals Garrett Skrbich – photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The efforts would be short lived as the Capitals once again stripped it away, as Truman Gonzales scored his second of the season at 8:10, ending the period on a high note with a score of 2-1 in favor of the Capitals.
Stefan Nicholishen scores on Patrick Spano – photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
It was the Caps once again who opened the second period, when Garrett Skrbich scored a power play goal at 7:54 but was soon followed up with a goal by the Grizzlies at 8:18. This one going to Dante Hahn, closing the gap to 3-2 Capitals and ending the period.
Grizzlies Myles Fitzgerald gets manhandled by the Capitals Tyler Mueller and Jarrett Brown – photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The third period proved to be a battle from beginning to end. Once again the Capitals opened up the scoring with a power play goal by Mitch Ball at 2:44. The Grizzlies answered back and brought the scoring within one when Myles Fitzgerald scored a power play goal at 10:46; his 23rd of the season, bringing the tally to 4-3 Capitals.
At 12:19 the Grizzlies pounced again when Myles Powell’s puck found the back of Spano’s net, tying the game at 4 a piece, sending the game into overtime.
The Cowichan Capitals win two games in a row against the Victoria Grizzlies – photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Tension was in the air, it was anyone’s game at this point. The stars did not line up for the Grizzlies, and for the second night in a row the Cowichan Capitals would take the win. It was Kyle Horsman who scored the overtime goal at 1:57, sending the arena into a frenzy of cheers and horns. The final score, 5-4 Captials.
Total shots on net for the Capitals: 26. Total shots on net for the Grizzlies: 48.