Cowichan Capitals Extend Winning Streak


Dustin Forbes

September 22, 2013, Cowichan, BC (ISN) – The Cowichan Capitals extended their winning streak to three consecutive games with a big 4-2 victory at home versus the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday night at the Island Savings Centre in front of a strong crowd of 1274.

Robin Gusse was again outstanding and four different goal scorers lit the lamp for the Capitals in the win against their division rivals. Taki Pantziris, Mason Malkowich and Dane Gibson all earned a goal and an assist in the game.

The Caps score the lone goal of the first period. Grizzlies defenseman Rory McGuire was penalized for interference and on the ensuing power play Mason Malkowich ripped home his third goal of the season – Taki Pantziris and Dane Gibson picked up the assists on the power play goal at the 17:23 mark. Caps out shot the Grizzlies 9-8 in the first period.

Cowichan started the second period with a flurry of chances but could not solve Victoria’s starting goalie Alec Dillon who came up big. Grizzlies head coach, Bill Bestwick, after a handful of chances for the Caps would call a time-out and from there Victoria would take control. The Caps would be on their heels in their own zone as two-thirds of the Fitzgerald triplets – Myles and Gerry – went to work dominating the early part of the period. At the 10-minute mark, the Grizzlies would finally get on the board. Cole Pickup would beat Gusse short side on the blocker and snapped a 146:28 shut out streak for Gusse. However, just under six minutes later, Malkowich would find Pantziris alone in the high slot and the Toronto native made no mistake restoring the Caps one-goal lead — Caps lead 2-1 after two periods. Victoria out shot Cowichan 15-12 in the middle frame.

The Capitals would add to their lead at the 3:35 mark of the third period as Armand Uomoleale potted his first BCHL goal as a Sam Curleigh rebound went right to Uomoleale who buried it into the empty net to give the Caps a 3-1 lead. At 15:59, the Caps would give themselves a 4-1 lead as Dane Gibson cut off the left-wing wall and roofed a backhand passed Dillon for his first of the season and what was the nicest goal of the night – Mitch Ball picked up the lone assist on the goal. Before the period was out, Jacob Kearley blasted one passed Gusse to make it a 4-2 Caps lead and that would be the final. Grizzlies out shot the Capitals 38-27 in the game.

Capitals went 1/4 on the power play, while the Grizzlies were 0/3 in the game. Caps have killed off 16 consecutive penalties against.

With the victory, the Capitals sit tied with Powell River atop the Island Division with a 4-1-0 record.

Three stars in the game as chosen in the building:

1) Capitals – #4 Mason Malkowich – 1G/1A

2) Capitals – #33 Robin Gusse – 36 saves

3) Capitals – #25 Rylan Bechtel

The Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game was Myles Powell.

The Capitals are right back at it on Sunday afternoon when they host defending BCHL Champion, Surrey Eagles at the Big Stick – game time is 2 o’clock.

You can tune into 89.7 SUN FM to hear the game live with the pre-game show starting at 1:45pm.

Scott Harrigan
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