Final weekend will decide Caps' playoff fate

Stuck in the middle with them isn
Stuck in the middle with them isn't a great position that Nanaimo Clippers' Korey Morgan finds himself in against the Capitals' Jesse Neher and Matthew-Berry Lamontagna.
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Fate is in the Cowichan Valley Capitals' own hands as they head into the final two games of the B.C. Hockey League regular season.

"I guess that's the way you have to think about it, for sure,'' said coach Bob Beatty as the Caps prepare to wrap up the schedule with a home-and-home against the Grizzlies — Friday at Cowichan Arena and Saturday in Victoria.

The Caps and Alberni Valley Bulldogs are in a dead heat for the final playoff spot in the Island Division with 48 points apiece. The Caps have the edge in victories 21-20 over the Bulldogs that will be the first deciding factor in the event of a tie.

The Bulldogs play a home-and-home with the Kings, Tuesday night in Powell River and Saturday in Port Alberni.

"Whether they win or lose, we obviously have to win regardless,'' said Beatty.

The Caps blew out the Nanaimo Clippers 7-2 Friday night at Cowichan Arena. The Caps went on the power play 11 times in the game, scoring four of their goals.

"Obviously, they were more focused on running around than playing hockey,'' said Beatty. "We were able to maintain composure.''

Dane Gibson scored twice with the Caps holding the man advantage while Colton Kehler and Clint Filbrandt added the other power-play markers. Kehler also had an even-strength goal and other singles came from Taylor Allan and Jordan Topping.

The Caps travelled to Powell River Saturday and dropped a 5-2 decision. Valik Chichkin and Gibson had the Caps in a 2-2 game until late in the second period when Powell River's Brian Rideout notched the eventual game-winner.

Jarid Lukosevicius scored shorthanded and Drew Dorantes added an empty-netter in the third period for the Kings.

"I thought we had a pretty decent effort, but ran into some penalty trouble,'' said Beatty.

The Caps will have to be at their best to gain any points from a very good Victoria team this weekend. "We haven't seen them since before Christmas,'' noted Beatty.

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