Capitals welcome a break
It’s not the way the Cowichan Valley Capitals wanted to head into the B.C. Hockey League’s Christmas break on a six-game losing streak, but they’ll recharge the batteries over the holidays and hope for better things in the last half of the season.
The Caps are 7-19-2 after 28 games, two short of the halfway mark for them, after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday night at Cowichan Arena and a 5-2 decision to the Grizzlies in Victoria Sunday night.
The Victoria game was moved up from Dec. 21 so the teams could enjoy an extended break over the holidays. The Caps cleared their schedule even more by putting over their Dec. 28 home game against Victoria to Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.
The Caps don’t return to action now until Dec. 31 with a game at Port Alberni.
Caps’ coach Jim Ingram won’t summon the troops back to Cowichan Arena until Dec. 28 to get back to work.
The break, he said, is “much-needed.’’
The Caps jumped into a 3-0 first-period lead on the Spruce Kings on goals by Teal Burns, Kyle Horsman and Hayden-James Berra, but gave up four in the second and that settled the score.
“You make your own breaks, I guess,’’ said Ingram.
“Right now, the second period seems to be a kick in the ass for us. We come out and play a good third. Too little, too late.’’
The Caps also got all their goals in the first period in Victoria, leaving the ice locked in a 2-2 tie. But the Grizzlies replied twice in the second and once in the third for the win.
Jesse Neher and Keyler Bruce tallied for the Caps.
The Caps held a wide edge in shots against the Spruce Kings but were badly outshot by the Grizzlies.
It doesn’t seem to matter about the territorial play. Nothing has been going the Caps’ way.
“It’s tough,’’ said Ingram. “There’s no other way to describe it. We’re seeing some good things out of the kids. They’re not giving up.
“Right now, the kids do work hard and that’s all we can ask of them.’’
Ingram conceded the loss of Ryan Hanes, whom he just happened to run into at the Vancouver airport on the way to Trail during the break Monday, to the Western Hockey League has been difficult to overcome.
“We’ve definitely given up some age,’’ said Ingram.
“We’re looking at scoring by committee. We’ve got to find a way to be better.’’
January and February are going to be extremely busy for the team.
“The first half of the schedule, it left a lot to be desired,’’ said Ingram. “We didn’t get out on the road till two weeks ago. That limits you. I don’t care what anybody says.’’