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Plenty of shots, but not much offensive production

Caps’ Kyle Horsman takes a shot at Chilliwack’s Tanner Burns Sunday. - Don Bodger
Caps’ Kyle Horsman takes a shot at Chilliwack’s Tanner Burns Sunday.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Jamie Waddington’s goal came on such an easy tap-in it made you wonder why there wasn’t more where that came from for the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Waddington converted a rebound from the edge of the crease into a wide-open net Sunday against the Chilliwack Chiefs, but it turned out to be the only goal the Caps scored in two B.C. Hockey League weekend home games following a 7-2 loss to the Clippers in Nanaimo Friday.

The Clippers shut out the Caps 3-0 Saturday in Duncan and Waddington’s lone tally was all the offense the Caps could muster in a 2-1 loss to the Chiefs.

“We’ve got to get more offense,’’ conceded Waddington, a BCHL rookie who played last season for the Vancouver North East Chiefs in the B.C. Major Midget League.

Waddington has become a key part of a revamped Caps’ lineup.

“We’re a pretty young team,’’ he said. “We’re just progressing, a slow start at first, but we’re working hard. Wins will come.’’

Still, the outcome of games like the outing with the Chilliwack Chiefs have become a continual source of frustration for the Caps.

“It’s always tough to lose the one-goal games,’’ said Waddington. “They’re probably the worst.’’

The Caps worked hard for most of the game and, other than getting bottled up in their own end for a couple of long shifts, showed they’re capable of playing with teams much higher in the standings like the 24-12-1-1 Chiefs.

The Caps dropped to 9-23-1-3 with the loss and coach Jim Ingram has lost track of how many times his team has lost by one goal, but it’s in the range of 13 or 14.

“We worked hard all three games,’’ said Ingram. “We may not have executed things the way we wanted. We struggle to score goals. We have to work hard for everything we get.

“As long as the effort is there, that’s all we can ask for.’’

Rylan Bechtel and Grant Nicholson, newly-appointed captain after Keyler Bruce was traded to Victoria, had the goals for the Caps in Nanaimo.

Patrick Spano made his first start in goal after just joining the team and was beaten for all seven goals but bounced back with a great effort against Chilliwack.

Ingram is happy with the goaltending Spano and Connor LaCouvee provide for the team.

In other personnel news, Dave Johnston is no longer with the Caps as an assistant coach. Aaron Plumb remains as the lone assistant to Ingram.

The Caps host Vernon Saturday at 7 p.m.

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