Caps put damper on Vipers' playoff hopes
The Cowichan Valley Capitals didn't make it easy on themselves, but still managed to beat the Vernon Vipers 6-4 Friday night in a B.C. Hockey League game at Cowichan Arena.
The Caps were leading 5-2 in the last two and a half minutes when Vernon scored a pair of goals to cut the margin to one with 26 seconds remaining. But the Caps hung on and Matt Brown added an empty-netter with one second left.
The Vipers are in danger of missing the playoffs in the Interior Conference for the first time in 10 years while the Caps have secured a spot among the top four in the Coastal Conference.
Captain Devin Gannon led the Caps with two goals and two assists. Brown and Brett Knowles each had three points with a goal and two assists while Brayden Sherbinin contributed a goal and an assist.
Jake Charles scored the other Caps' goal.
The Caps led 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 after two. Gannon's pair in the third seemed to put them in command but Vernon launched the late comeback, only to fall short.
The Caps hit the ice at Cowichan Arena again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Langley Rivermen.
They also have home games Wednesday at 7 against Surrey, rescheduled from Jan. 22, and next Friday, March 2 against Powell River as the regular-season schedule winds down.