Tougher teams bring out the best in Caps
All the Cowichan Valley Capitals needed was to play the tougher teams more often.
"It's weird how that works,'' said Caps' interim head coach Aaron Plumb after the Caps lost 4-3 in overtime to the West Kelowna Warriors in their final game of the B.C. Hockey League season Saturday night at Cowichan Arena after being blown out 7-0 Friday at home by a much-weaker Powell River Kings' team.
The Caps were actually leading West Kelowna 3-1 late in the third period. They gave up a goal to Ambrose Firkus with less than eight minutes remaining and then took a penalty in the last two minutes.
Former Capital David Pope tied it on the power play with 23 seconds to play and Max French won it for the Warriors 34 seconds into the three-on-three overtime period.
Truman Gonzales, Tyler Mueller and Mitch Ball scored for the Caps.
"They're a good team, maybe an unfortunate call that went against us,'' said Plumb. "In the big picture, the boys played real hard and gave it everything they had for the last game.''
The Powell River game was a completely different story. The Caps were outshot 44-18 and Powell River scored four power play goals.
"I am trying as hard as I can to erase that night from my memory,'' said Plumb. "Nothing went right and they seemed a little bit lost out there.''
The Caps received some other good news to end the season. Jarrett Brown was named to the BCHL's all-rookie team on defence and they'll still have him around for one more season after he committed to a scholarship at Alaska-Anchorage to start in 2014-15.