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Northern Capitals earn weekend split

After two tough road losses to the Fraser Valley Rush, the Northern Capitals bounced back with a pair of convincing victories in the BC Elite Hockey League female U18 division.

Playing in Surrey, the Capitals fell 2-0 to the Rush on Friday morning and then suffered a 3-2 overtime setback later in the day. The Caps, however, closed out their weekend with a 7-0 Saturday win against the Thompson-Okanagan Lakers and a 5-2 Sunday decision over the Vancouver Island Seals.

Hailey Armstrong and Ella Boon scored for the Capitals in the OT loss. Their second-period markers tied the game 2-2, but, after a scoreless third, Vienna Rubin won it for the Rush in extra time.

On Saturday against the Lakers, Keagan Goulet fired a hat trick for the Capitals, while Hailey Armstrong and Brooklyn Hutchings both scored twice. Goaltender Karsyn Niven picked up the shutout.

In Sunday’s win against the Seals, Armstrong added two more goals, while Knyla Evans, Goulet and Camryn Ward all had singles. Sierra Eagles was the winning goaltender.

Armstrong leads the league in scoring with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in six games.

The Capitals are now in first place in the five-team division with a 4-1-0-1 record. They’re one point up on the second-place Rush (4-0), but have played two more games.

The Capitals and Rush will go head-to-head in Prince George next weekend. Games are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9:45, both at Kin 2.

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