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Cowichan Capitals drop three on busy weekend

Up next: a road trip to Powell River Dec. 3
The Cowichan Capitals swarm the Nanaimo goalie during play Nov. 27 at The Stick. (Todd Blumel photo)

Playing on back-to-back-to-back nights, the Cowichan Valley Capitals didn’t fare well.

Cowichan was outscored 9-3 over the three games but put up nearly 100 shots on the weekend.

On the afternoon of Nov. 27 the Caps played host to the Nanaimo Clippers in front of more than 500 fans at the Cowichan Community Centre.

The Capitals got the early jump when Luke Lavery scored 3:27 into the first period, from Aaron Brown and Adam Leitch.

The Clippers scored twice to take the lead before Cole Melady converted a Luke Strickland pass at 14:32 of the first frame to head into the intermission knotted at two apiece.

Neither team scored in the second and Nanaimo went on to score twice in the third to take the road victory. Lavery was named the game’s second star while goalie McCoy Bidewell took the loss, saving 40 of 43 shots on goal.

On Nov. 25, Cowichan hosted Victoria in the first game of a home-and-home series. All of the game’s scoring came in the second period with Andrew Haxton netting his fifth of the season from Owen Goodbrand and Ian Kern, in between Victoria goals.

Cowichan goaltender Lukas Renaud was the game’s third star, stopping 32 of 34 pucks shot at him.

The following evening the Capitals visited Victoria at the Q Centre.

Special teams play dominated the game with Cowichan going zero-for-five on the powerplay while Victoria capitalized on one of three opportunities with the extra man advantage. Victoria also scored an empty netter in the last three seconds to put the game on ice.

Victoria has won all four meetings with Cowichan thus far this season.

Up next for Cowichan is a matchup against the Kings in Powell River.

The Kings sit just one point ahead of the Capitals in the BC Hockey League’s Coastal Division.