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Caps struggle after the break

Dane Gibson has been one of the Caps
Dane Gibson has been one of the Caps' main scoring threats all season.
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A tough road trip yielded just one point in three games for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, as B.C. Hockey League play resumed after the Christmas break.

The Caps lost 6-4 at Surrey Friday to the Eagles, tied the Express 4-4 in Coquitlam Saturday and went down to a 6-2 defeat against the Rivermen in Langley Sunday.

“We saw some things we liked,’’ said Caps’ assistant coach Aaron Plumb. “We didn’t get the results we wanted.’’

The Caps were rusty in the first period of the first game in their return, trailing Surrey 3-0 after just 12 1/2 minutes.

“After that, we played a pretty good hockey game,’’’ said Plumb.

“Surrey we definitely felt was a team that was ripe for the picking.’’

There was about a half hour delay during the game due to a serious injury to a Surrey player. After that, “it was hard to get the emotion back into it,’’ conceded Plumb.

The Caps got two goals from Dane Gibson and singles by Clint Filbrandt and Jordan Topping.

The Caps had a 4-2 lead in the second period on Coquitlam but couldn’t add to it.

“I think they got a lucky fourth goal to tie it,’’ said Plumb. “In the overtime, we had multiple times to win it.’’

Mason Malkowich (2), Jarrett Brown and Matthew Berry-Lamontagna were the Caps’ scorers.

Langley owned the Caps, taking a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.

“They’re leading their division for a reason,’’ said Plumb. “They’re big kids and they finish every check.’’

The Caps have home games against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Friday and Salmon Arm SilverBacks Sunday.

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