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Paltry goal total costly for Caps

Traffic jam results in front of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ net guarded by Connor LaCouvee, with the Caps’ Daniel Wanner, Sam Curleigh and Jordan Topping all looking to get a crack at the puck. - Andrew Leong
Traffic jam results in front of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ net guarded by Connor LaCouvee, with the Caps’ Daniel Wanner, Sam Curleigh and Jordan Topping all looking to get a crack at the puck.
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As long as the Cowichan Valley Capitals continue with the second-lowest goal total in the B.C. Hockey League, it’s going to be tough to win games.

Miraculously, the Caps managed to win one of two games on back-to-back nights at Cowichan Arena while scoring just three goals, beating the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2-1 Friday and losing 5-1 to the Penticton Vees Saturday.

The Trail Smoke Eaters, who pay a visit to Cowichan Arena Thursday night, are the only team with less goals scored than the Caps. Nanaimo Clippers are here to complete the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule.

“Right now, the important thing is we’re trying to keep the kids focused and not thinking about going home to see family,’’ said assistant coach Aaron Plumb of two important games for the Caps.

Jesse Neher scored on a first-period power play and Colton Kehler notched the winner with 7:49 left in the third — just enough to beat the Bulldogs.

But the offense could only produce a second-period marker from Myles Powell against the Vees. Former Capital Steen Cooper had a goal and an assist for the Vees.

“It’s good for him, at least,’’ said Plumb of Cooper. “He’s attacking the net and good things happen.’’

Cooper already has four goals since joining the Vees. He only had three before that with the Caps.

“When you’ve been around the game as long as I have, it’s not a big deal,’’ said Plumb of Cooper’s return. “It’s just another game.

“For the guys, I’m sure it was a bit of a distraction.’’

The Caps simply need to find a way to score more goals. Special teams would be a good start, said Plumb. “To get that cleaned up, that’s even one or two extra goals a game.

“It’s frustrating. One line you get going and the other three don’t seem to do much. Not that they’re not trying. They just don’t know how to generate scoring opportunities.’’

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