September 19, 2013, Cowichan Valley BC (ISN) – Just four days after defeating the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in their home opener at the Island Savings Centre, the Cowichan Capitals traveled to Port Alberni to take on the Bulldogs at Weyerhauser Arena – otherwise known as the “Dog Pound.”
The Capitals received a phenomenal performance from their starting goaltender Robin Gusse who stopped all 42 Alberni shots to earn his first BCHL shutout, while five different goal scorers lit the lamp in the victory.
The first half of the game, the Bulldogs really controlled the play. Alberni Valley had many scoring opportunities int he first period and out shot the Capitals 11-4 in the first twenty minutes but could not beat Gusse.
The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the first half of the second period, but again, could not solve Gusse. Justin Georgeson was stymied by Gusse on the doorstep in what was Gusse’s best stop of the night. Georgeson cut in off the right wing and made a move to the backhand before attempting to slide the puck home but the Caps’ ‘tender got his right pad down to make the stop to keep it scoreless.
Before the second period was out, the Caps would open the scoring as Sam Curleigh continued his hot-hand potting his third goal in two games against Alberni on a three-on-one at the 16:24 mark. Daniel Wanner and Armand Uomoleale earned assists on the play. Late in the middle frame, Caps’ defenseman Alex Bilodeau would take a two-minute tripping penalty, of which the Caps would kill. However, as soon as the penalty was over, Bilodeau headed straight across the ice and was immediately replaced by Mason Malkowich who was sprung free on a clear-cut breakaway and made no mistake going high glove past ‘Dogs starter Brad Rebagliati to make it a 2-0 Cowichan lead after 40 minutes. ‘Dogs out shot the Caps 21-9 in the second period.
While the first two period were controlled, for the most part, by the Bulldogs – the Capitals dominated the third period. Cowichan would add to their lead at the 3:26 mark as Caps Captain Kyle Horsman scored his second of the season on a one-timer from Malkowich – Jesse Neher picked up the second assist. Just over eight minutes later, Capitals rookie Colton Kehler scored his third of the season a doorstep scramble before whacking it past Rebagliati to make it 4-0. Then, with just 2:08 remaining in the game, Dane Gibson would score his first on a two-on-one. Myles Powell and Mitch Ball earned the assists on Gibson’s goal as the Caps went on to a big 5-0 victory. Capitals out shot the Bulldogs 24-10 in the final twenty minutes.
Despite the score, the Bulldogs out shot the Capitals 42-37 in the game.
In their first two meetings, the Capitals outscored the Bulldogs 10-1.
Cowichan went 1/4 on the power play, while Alberni went 0/6 in the game – ‘Dogs went 0/12 in the last two games against the Caps.
With the victory, the Capitals improve to 3-1-0-0 on the season. While the loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-5-0-0 — the only team in the BCHL without a victory.
Three stars in the game as chosen in the building:
1) Capitals – #33 Robin Gusse – 42 saves, 1st BCHL shutout
2) Capitals – #18 Sam Curleigh – 1G (including GWG)
3) Capitals – #4 Mason Malkowich – 1G/1A
The Capitals are next in action on Saturday night when they host the Victoria Grizzlies at the Big Stick in Duncan.