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Preview: Vees open Island trip against Capitals

Penticton, BC: The Penticton Vees (0-1-0) look to use a strong week of practice to help them bounce back from their season-opening loss against the Langley Rivermen as they set sail to Vancouver Island for a pair of games, beginning with the Cowichan Valley Capitals (0-1-1).

Last Friday the Vees were even with the Langley Rivermen heading into the third period before a pair of power-play goals propelled Langley over the Vees by a 5-2 score. James Miller and Luke Loheit tallied for Penticton.

It was just the second time in Fred Harbinson’s tenure with Penticton in which the Vees dropped the opening game of the season. 

The Capitals meanwhile played a pair of games last weekend, coming out on the losing end of both. Friday Cowichan played host to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the game went to the first shootout in BCHL history. Jackson Doucet score the only goal as Alberni won the game 3-2.

Saturday the Capitals were on the road in Nanaimo dropping a 6-2 game. Marcus Mitchell led the way for the Clippers with two goals and an assist. The Capitals had trouble staying out of the penalty box during the game, taking 10 minor penalties as the two teams combined for 55 penalty minutes and nine misconducts.

Penticton and Cowichan matched up twice during the 2017-18 season in two vastly different games. November 18 the Vees hosted the Capitals and cruised to a 10-1 win. Nine different players had multiple points in the win.

January 27 the Vees were at the Island Savings Centre and squeaked out a 4-3 double-overtime win. Taylor Ward scored the winner 1:39 into double overtime.

The Vees will host the Capitals October 13 at the South Okanagan Events Centre to wrap up the season series.

Saturday Penticton will face-off against the Victoria Grizzlies in their home opener at the Q Centre. There will be a pre-game ceremony to retire the jersey numbers of Jamie and Jordie Benn.

Team Statistics

Leading Scorers

Penticton Vees

David Silye – 0G 2A 2P

James Miller – 1G 0A 1P

Luke Loheit – 1G 0A 1P

Cowichan Valley Capitals

Adam Conquest – 1G 1A 2P

Paul Selleck – 1G 1A 2P

David Melaragni – 0G 1A 1P

Special Teams

Penticton Vees

Power play – 0.0 per cent

Penalty kill – 50.0 per cent

Cowichan Valley Capitals

Power play – 10.0 per cent

Penalty kill – 75.0 per cent

Season series

September 14, 2018 – Vees @ Capitals

October 13, 2018 – Vees vs Capitals