The Vipers came out firing with the first four shots of the game directed at the Capitals goal, however the Caps would strike first on their first shot of the game as Ryan Hogg knocked a puck out of midair off a rebound for his first BCHL goal. The Caps would increase their lead 90 seconds later as Kade Kehoe would convert on a rebound after a great save from Brendan Barry and it was quickly 2-0 Cowichan. The Caps would make it 3-0 before the end of the period as Jared Domin slid a puck home on a net front scramble.
The Vipers took advantage of an early powerplay as Latrell Charleson would sscore his first goal in his second game on a hard wrist shot from the left circle. Cowichan got their three goal lead restored from Luke Santerno on a rebound and it was 4-1. Adam Osczevski scored on a powerplay walking out of the right circle to make it 5-1 a few minutes after the Santerno goal and the Vipers found themselves in a big hole. Things got a little chippy as Daniel Wanner and Michael Roberts would drop the gloves following a Wanner boarding penalty. That dust up followed a game ejection to Bo Pellah and a 10 minute misconduct to Mac Ferner. The Vipers couldn't get anything going on the powerplay and found themselves behind by 4 after 2 periods.
The Viper team that came out in the third period was not the team we saw in the first two periods. This team was hungry and motivated, but also played with a sense of relaxtion. Down by 4 goals, they simplified their game and it worked in spades. Early in the frame Brett Stapley would tap in his second goal of the season to make it 5-2. The Vipers powerplay would work the puck around well and Christian Cakebread would make a nice spin move at the side of the net and lift it over the glove of Storm Phaneuf to make it 5-3. The Vipers continued the pressure, but against the flow of momentum the Caps would seal it on a 2 on 1 with Rhett Willcox finishing the play to end the game 6-3.
Here is the official boxscore:
|1-0 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 3:19 - Ryan Hogg from Kyle Topping|
|2-0 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 4:48 - Kade Kehoe from Adam Osczevski and Ryan Burton|
|3-0 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 15:31 (PP) - Jared Domin from Patrick Geary and Matthew Hudie|
|3-1 Vernon Vipers at 0:55 (PP) - Latrell Charleson from Liam Finlay and Bo Pellah|
|4-1 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 1:47 - Luke Santerno (unassisted)|
|5-1 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 7:15 (PP) - Adam Osczevski from Ryan Burton and Kade Kehoe|
|5-2 Vernon Vipers at 2:43 - Brett Stapley from Darren Rizzolo|
|5-3 Vernon Vipers at 7:48 (PP) - Christian Cakebread from Jagger Williamson and Darren Rizzolo|
|6-3 Cowichan Valley Capitals at 15:57 - Rhett Willcox from Ayden MacDonald|
|STARS OF THE GAME|
|1st STAR||2nd STAR||3rd STAR|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals||3||2||1||6|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals||16||15||7||38|
|Vernon Vipers||2 for 8 (25.0%)|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals||2 for 7 (28.6%)|
After a forgettable first 40 minutes, the Vernon Vipers set in place building blocks for tomorrow night in Surrey. They outshot the Caps 19-7 in the period and really took the play to the home team. An argument could be made that the Caps took their foot off the gas with them leading 5-1, but I don't believe thats the philosophy of Bob Beatty. The Vipers won the period and instilled just a little bit of fear into the Capitals, but their lead was just a bit too large for the Vipers to overcome.
Latrell Charleson and Christian Cakebread both scored their first goals of the season and will be heavily leaned upon through the dog days of November and December.
The Vipers will head to South Surrey to face the Eagles and you can catch all the action on 107.5 KissFM.