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Kings and Caps Fight to 2-2 tie in Duncan

The Kings fired 63 shots on Cowichan Capitals goaltender Adam Marcoux, a season high to date in the BCHL, but were unable to find a game winner in either regulation or overtime and were forced to settle for a 2-2 tie in Duncan on Sunday afternoon

The Kings came out firing in the first period with Carter Turnbul scoring on the games first shift just 32 seconds in, burying a rebound off Marcoux from a Gavin Rauser shot and a 1-0 lead on Turnbull’s 15th of the season. The Kings continued to buzz, firing 22 shots on net in the first period and led 1-0 after 1.

Into the second and the Kings continued to push on Cowichan’s net however it was the Capitals to score first in the middle frame when Caleb Franklin redirected a Simon Chen point shot past Matteo Paler-Chow for a 1-1 hockey game. That score stood until a powerplay late in the frame when Ben Berard found a hole short side on Marcoux from the right faceoff dot for his 7th of the year and a 2-1 lead for the Kings through 40. Kings led shots 41-12.

In the third the Kings searched for insurance but goaltender Marcoux stood tall. The Capitals tied the game 4 minutes from time through Nicholas Wilson as regulation solved nothing with the game tied at 2. Shots through 60 saw the Kings lead 51-22.

Into overtime and it was the Kings to have the bulk of the chances, as well as a full 4-on-3 powerplay through the latter stages of first OT and into second OT. Despite outshooting the Caps 12-3, there was no game winner as the Kings and Caps settled for a draw.

Matteo Paler-Chow took the decision with his record moving to 4-3-1, making 25 saves in the process. The 63 shots on goal is a season high not only for the Kings but the BCHL on the whole, beating the 60 shots from the Merritt Centennials at the end of October.

The Kings record moves to 12-5-2-2, 28 points in the Island Division. The Kings are 1 point up on the Grizzlies and two up on the Clippers with a pair of games in hand on both teams. The team returns home for four straight at the Hap Parker Arena, opening up with a double header against the Grizzlies next weekend, Friday 7:15 and Saturday at 5:00pm.

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