- BC Games
Goal in the first 30 seconds all the Caps can muster
Troy Paterson scored a goal in the first minute Saturday and that was it for the Cowichan Valley Capitals' offense.
The Caps lost 4-1 to the Express in a B.C. Hockey League game at Coquitlam after beating the Rivermen 6-4 in Langley the night before.
Defenceman Paterson gave the Caps the lead on the Express at the 30-second mark, but they couldn't put any more of their 30 shots past goalie Cole Huggins.
The Caps obviously caught the Express in a surly mood after an 8-0 thrashing on home ice the night before from Merritt.
The Express took a 2-1 lead after the first on goals by Clinton Alexander and John Siemer. Mitch Nardi tallied late in the second period and again on a power play with only 3:05 remaining in the game.
Referees Korey Martins and Ron Dietterle put their whistles away and the Caps only went on the power play once in the entire game.
The opposite scenario unfolded in Langley when the Caps fell behind on an Evan Campbell goal but took a 2-1 lead after the first period.
The Caps outscored the Rivermen 3-2 in the second and the teams traded single goals in the third.
Keyler Bruce had a four-point game for the Caps with two goals and two assists. Steen Cooper had three assists while Richard Vanderhoek, Logan Proulx and Matt Grant contributed two points apiece.
The Caps are in the middle of a logjam in the Coastal Conference where just seven points separate the top four teams. Surrey leads the way with 73 points, Powell River is at 70, the Caps have 69 and Coquitlam keeps sneaking up at 66.
The Caps have played more games than the other three teams.
Four games will be played by the Caps at Cowichan Arena in the span of a week, beginning Friday against Vernon and Saturday against Langley.