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Caps bounce Clippers on Ball’s overtime marker

Swipe at a rolling puck is taken by Nanaimo’s Christopher Rygus, with Jesse Neher of the Caps barging in on him during Saturday night’s B.C. Hockey League game at Cowichan Arena. - Andrew Leong
Swipe at a rolling puck is taken by Nanaimo’s Christopher Rygus, with Jesse Neher of the Caps barging in on him during Saturday night’s B.C. Hockey League game at Cowichan Arena.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Playing for pride is a big challenge for the Cowichan Valley Capitals but they’re making the most of it.

The Caps competed hard and were rewarded with a 4-3 overtime win in the middle of three B.C. Hockey League weekend games.

The Caps squandered a 2-0 lead on the Nanaimo Clippers, fell behind 3-2 but then rallied for the two points when Mitch Ball scored with 35 seconds left in the four-on-four overtime.

“What a great goal,’’ said Caps’ coach Aaron Plumb. “It was real exciting for the boys.’’

Jamie Waddington, Jesse Neher and Garrett Skrbich scored the earlier goals for the Caps, who lost the night before in Nanaimo 5-2. Dane Gibson and Skrbich scored goals in that game.

The Caps hopped on the ferry early Sunday for an afternoon game in Powell River and were locked in a 2-2 tie with the Kings when Evan Richardson scored a powerplay goal with just 3:10 left in regulation. It held up as the winner, as the Caps dropped another of many one-goal decisions this season, 3-2.

Plumb said it was a tough turnaround for the team to play three games in 2 1/2 days.

“Powell River hadn’t played since last Tuesday,’’ he pointed out. “They were well-rested.’’

From the Caps’ standpoint, “there was a lot of good things,’’ Plumb said. “We ran out of gas at the end.

“You have to put a full 60 (minutes) together and it’s just one little mistake. (Sunday) was our best game of the year for turnovers.’’

Ball missed a breakaway with just four minutes left.

“We’re getting chances so it’s real hard to be mad at the boys,’’ said Plumb.

Skrbich, who’s held the hot scoring hand of late, had both goals for the Caps.

“Everybody can contribute,’’ said Plumb. “It would just be nice to get them all contributing at the same time.’’

The Caps go on a three-game Interior road trip this weekend, with games at Trail Friday, Vernon Saturday and Penticton Sunday.

“There’s a couple of good teams up there waiting for us,’’ said Plumb.

Facing the defending Royal Bank Cup national champion Vees in the third game of the trip will be a big test.

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