A late fourth quarter comeback by Temecula Valley fell short when Capo’s Drew Casas collected a pass from Blake Berk and found the back of the net with 1:20 left in overtime, securing a 9-8 win over Chaparral.
Berk factored in all but one of the Capo goals, finishing the game with 7 points (5 goals and 2 assists).
Capo found themselves down 5-3 at halftime with Casas scoring on an assist from Sam Slobom in the first quarter. Berk scored unassisted on a dodge from X and then assisted on a Slobom goal to complete the first half Capo scoring.
Capo’s defense came out of halftime strong. Jordan Wanger (5 saves) guided Michael Brunette (6 gbs), Jerecho Fischbeck (2 gbs), Jake Ambrosius (4 gbs), Eric Thiercof, Lucas Moreno and Clay Eggeman (2 gbs) to 17 minutes of shutout play including 3:30 of man-down time. Berk went on tear in the the third quarter, scoring 3 goals to give Capo their first lead of the game at 6-5 entering the final quarter.
Capo added two more in the first 4 minutes of the 4th, one by Parker Webb and a man-up goal by Blake Berk, to take control at 8-5. Chaparral fought back to make it 8-7 with 50 seconds remaining. Penalties were a burden for Capo all evening long, and Chaparral scored their fourth man-up goal with under 30 seconds remaining to tie the game at 8 while Capo was down two men. Capo killed the remaining of the non-releasable penalty to start overtime and then executed a nice offensive set with Berk’s feed to Casas for the game winner.
Trevor Kist (3 gbs) won 13 of 19 faceoffs with strong support on the wings from Cameron Lopez (5 gbs) and Webb (5 gbs).
Final Stats for Capo
Casas – 2 goals, 1 assist
Slobom – 1 goal, 1 assist
Webb – 1 goal, 5 gbs
Berk – 5 goals, 2 assists
Wanger – 5 saves
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