Quinn, Capton lead Bucks to 2-0 win over Wenatchee

📸: Martin Ross / Cranbrook Bucks

Cranbrook Bucks forward Noah Quinn opened the scoring just past the midway point of the third period and goaltender Carter Capton stopped all 32 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Wenatchee Wild on Friday night.

As they often do, Cranbrook and Wenatchee played a tight, defensive game — which stayed scoreless into the third period.

With the Bucks on a man-advantage, Quinn hammered home a one-timer at 10:05 of the final frame to put Cranbrook up 1-0.

The goal was assisted by a pair of defensemen in fellow Nelson native Bryce Sookro, as well as Bauer Morrissey.

Cranbrook continued to press even after getting the icebreaker, not allowing the Wild to gain much offensive traction of their own.

A late penalty against the Bucks gave Wenatchee the chance it needed to put on some pressure, but Capton stood tall in the Cranbrook crease.

After a successful penalty-kill, the Bucks would put the game away on an empty-net tally by Blake Cotton, set up by Donovan Frias.

Quinn’s game-winner was the 38th goal of his career, setting the franchise’s new all-time record goal total. He was named the game’s second star for his efforts.

Capton was the first star of the night after his perfect 32-save performance. He now has three career BCHL shutouts — with two of them coming in the last two weeks.

Wenatchee goalie Andy Vlaha was the third star of the game after a tremendous effort that saw him stop 32 of 33 shots in the Wild net.

Quinn’s franchise-record goal wasn’t the only milestone on Friday night, as defenseman Cam Kungle made his 100th BCHL appearance in the win.

With the win, Cranbrook improved to 23-10-1 overall on the season. It was also the Bucks seventh straight win on home ice, improving to 13-2-0 at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook this season.

Both of the Bucks home losses on the campaign have come against Wenatchee, but Friday’s victory pulls Cranbrook even in the season series with the Wild at two wins apiece.

The game boxscore can be viewed here from the BCHL website, and a recap of the contest from the Bucks website is here. The game highlights can also be viewed below.

Cranbrook is back in action on Sunday afternoon against the 16-14-4 Vernon Vipers.

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