Brown's overtime marker beats Kings
The Cowichan Valley Capitals finally reached double digits in wins by beating the Powell River Kings 2-1 in overtime in B.C. Hockey League action at Cowichan Arena Friday night.
It took 39 games for the Caps to record their 10th win, but they're taking small comfort in any progress they can make at this point with a young team.
"Any wins are good wins for us,'' said Caps' head coach Jim Ingram. "I like the way we played Friday. Emotional level was good.''
Scraps involving the Caps' Grant Nicholson and Kai Cathers helped to raise the intensity level.
The Caps scored twice on the power play, including the overtime winner by defenceman Jarrett Brown after Powell River's Jordan Burns was penalized for hooking.
"We found a way to win by a goal for a change,'' said Ingram.
Captain Mikael Jung had the Caps' other marker in the last minute of the second period.
The Caps took on the Merritt Centennials, one of the top teams in the Interior Division, the next night at home and lost 5-3. The last Centennials' goal was into an empty net so it was essentially another of many one-goal losses.
"We were good for 40 minutes, took the second period off,'' said Ingram.
The Centennials scored three unanswered goals in the second to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Brown and Garrett Skrbich notched powerplay goals for the Caps in that game. Mitch Ball's goal late in the third period gave the Caps new life, but Reagan Soquila iced it for the Centennials with an empty-netter in the last second.
Ingram's hard-working team is continuing its development, even if the results aren't always there.
"The younger kids are starting to get more ice time and different responsibilities,'' he said. "They're having good moments and bad moments. That's all part of it.''
The Caps play a home-and-home with the Bulldogs this weekend, Friday in Port Alberni and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cowichan Arena.
"We feel we're close with everybody,'' Ingram said. "It's just the ability to put away pucks leaves us high and dry.''