- The game needed a goal in the second period and the two Pat’s delivered. Patrick Sexton showed he’s not just about defense- throwing a dart across the Capitals zone to Patrick Newell at the back-post for the tap in. Great sense shown by Sexton as he resisted the the urge to just fire it on net. Sexton settled the puck and threaded the needle to Newell who had an open six-by-four on Lane Michasiw’s glove side. So Sexton uses that stick for more than just going glass and out.
- The first period was a sleepy one. Not much was going on in the opening twenty-minutes. Credit both teams for not giving up much real estate in front of their respective nets. Good pace in the first, as both teams were going up and down the ice but it needed a Red Bull. That shot of energy was that Newell goal in the second, as there was some life in the building after that.
- The second period was pretty much spent in the Caps end. The Vees outshot the Caps 16-2 in the frame and probably could have had more shots if it wasn’t for blocked shots or bouncing pucks. Honestly, it was a weird game in the sense the Vees spent a lot of time in the Caps zone but they really couldn’t get clean looks at the net. A lot of the time, especially in the second, they would put themselves in a scoring position only to have a Cap defender get in front of the shot or have the puck take a funny bounce and spoil the chance. In that second period there was a lot of foot traffic around Lane Michasiw’s goal but the Vees didn’t really have the shooting gallery going that you would have expected with all that zone time. The bounces weren’t really going there way until their second goal.
- After some great pressure on a power-play, the Vees kept the puck in the Capitals zone and Cody DePourcq made a move off the goal-line to cut to the net. As he moved in front on the goalie’s blocker side, the Caps defenseman dove at him to poke the puck away from his stick. It didn’t have the desired effect from a Caps perspective. The puck instead of going wide took a deflection and went up and over the Caps goalie. DePourcq was the last to touch it so he was credited with his fifth. Deserving, as he made a nice play on the goal and worked his rear-end off all night.
- That new line of DePourcq, Cam Amantea and Steen Cooper were terrific again Saturday. Put together Friday, they continued to have great chemistry Saturday and gave the Caps fits all night. The three just strap on the work boots and eat up time below the circles in the offensive end. They frustrate the hell out of the opposition’s defense because they’re relentless on the fore-check and it’s near impossible to get one of the three off the puck. They feast on the cycle.
- Not only were those three annoying to play against but they were making an impact on the scoresheet. Great to see Steen Cooper get a goal and snap a lengthy goal drought. His third period goal was his first since October 3rd; a run of 18 games. Cooper is one of the hardest working Vees on the ice, whether it’s in his own zone or in the offensive end, so it was great to see him finally get rewarded for his hard work. As you can tell in the highlights above, I had some fun on the goal call. He did have an ape on his back for the longest time. I bet he feels 100 pounds lighter this morning. This wasn’t a cheap goal, a nice shot off the rush, as Cooper picked the corner on the short-side from the left-circle. Hopefully Saturday is a kick-start for his offensive game.
- Lane Michasiw was great for Cowichan Valley. The rookie goaltender faced a lot of rubber Saturday, as he stopped 38 of 41 shots. He was busy in the last two periods and made half a dozen quality saves to keep the score from getting out of hand. He had some nice stops off of Gabe Bast, Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Tyson Jost and Mike Lee to name a few. He’s a big goaltender that moves well despite his size and he looks to have a bright future in the BCHL.
- The negative on Saturday was the Vees power-play goal streak coming to an end. Heading into Saturday’s game the Vees scored at least one power-play goal in their previous eight games. The power-play was 17-42 during that run and was operating just over 40 percent. Great run but the power-play seems to be on track after a slow start. Teams now have to be careful on how they play the Vees. That in-your-face approach can lead to penalties and now that will lead to Vees goals.