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Northern Capitals drop a pair to Fraser Valley Rush

The Northern Capitals just can’t find a way to beat the Fraser Valley Rush.

In a weekend doubleheader between the top two teams in the BC Elite Hockey League under-18 female division, the Capitals fell twice to their Lower Mainland rival, 4-1 on Sunday and 3-1 on Saturday. Both games were played at Kin 2.

On Sunday, the Capitals carried a 1-0 lead into the second period but the Rush scored four unanswered goals in the middle frame. Assandra Kehler, Vienna Rubin, Sarah Leroux and Kayla White did the damage offensively for the visitors, who maintained their lead all the way through a scoreless third.

Hailey Armstrong had the lone goal for the Caps.

Clara Juca and Sierra Eagles were the goaltenders of record.

In Saturday’s game, the Capitals were down 2-1 when the puck dropped for the third period and couldn’t come up with an equalizer. Rubin then scored an insurance marker with 11 seconds to play.

The Rush led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Leroux. Brooklyn Hutchings tied the game in the first six minutes of the second and Jade Lore put the Rush back out in front before the end of the period.

Karsyn Niven (Capitals) and Rebecca Noble (Rush) were the goaltenders.

On Oct. 1 in Surrey, the Rush also took a pair of games from the Capitals, 2-0 and 3-2 in overtime.

The first-place Rush now have a 6-0 record, while the second-place Caps sit at 4-3-0-1.

The next games for the Capitals are Oct. 23-24 in Duncan and Chemainus against the Vancouver Island Seals.

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