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Northern Capitals win two of three games on the weekend

The Northern Capitals skated to a pair of victories against one of the top teams in the B.C. Hockey Female Midget Triple-A League.

On the ice in Langley, the Capitals beat the Fraser Valley Rush 3-2 on Sunday, 3-2 on Saturday and lost the series-opener 4-3 on Friday.

In Sunday’s win, Ocean Andersen scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period, after Brette Kerley had given the Capitals a 1-0 lead in the first. Hailey Maurice drew the Rush into a 3-1 deficit in the final six minutes of the second and Jaden Cherry scored early in the third but Fraser Valley got no closer, thanks in part to a huge save by Cadence Petitclerc-Crosby in the dying moments.

Andersen also assisted on Kerley’s goal for a three-point game.

Petitclerc-Crosby was the winning goaltender and Nicole Jaremchuk was on the losing end of the score.

On Saturday, Paige Outhouse, Kerley and Brooklyn Hutchings took care of the offence for the Capitals. Tessa Sturgeon was between the pipes for the winners and Brynn Waisman was saddled with the loss.

In Friday’s opener, the Rush led 2-1 after the first period and got the eventual winner from Maurice with 7:42 left to play in the second. The goal was Maurice’s second of the game. Hannah Willows and Madelaine Leaney had the other goals for Fraser Valley.

Pyper Alexander (2) and Destiny Bautista replied for the Capitals.

Jaremchuk and Petitclerc-Crosby were the goaltenders.

In the standings, the Northern Capitals are fourth out of five teams with a 6-6-1-0 record. The Rush sit in second spot at 8-3-0-0.

The Capitals have home games this coming Friday (6:15 p.m.), Saturday (3:30 p.m.) and Sunday (7:30 a.m.) against the Vancouver Island Seals. All games will be on the ice in Kin 2. The Seals (0-16-0-0) are still looking for their first point of the season.

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