SUMMERSIDE — For the third time this season, the Summerside Western Capitals avoided back-to-back losses in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
After dropping a 2-1 decision to the Truro Bearcats on Saturday night, the Caps fired 47 shots at Campbellton Tigers goaltender Jeremie Gallant in a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon to improve to 12-3-2-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).
“We battled hard last night (Saturday), but we just couldn’t get the job done,” said Capitals forward Colton Parsons, who had two assists against the Tigers. “We just couldn’t finish our chances (in Truro).”
Before 1,037 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Caps scored the only goal of the first period – a one-timer by defenceman Dale Deon – on a power play at 14:09.
“The key was to get lots of shots,” said Parsons. “We haven’t been shooting enough (recently). . . We took shots (on Sunday) from spots that we normally didn’t take shots from.”
Former Tiger Chris Caissy scored off his own rebound at 8:08 of the second period to make it 2-0. Alex Dalley got the Tigers on the board, beating Caps goaltender Jacob Riley to the far glove side from the left wing to make it 2-1 at 12:38. However, Thomas Stavert restored the Caps’ two-goal lead by making a move to Gallant right’s and scoring a breakaway goal at 16:45.
The score remained 3-1 until Blaize Bridges closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal at 13:47 of the third period. Jonathan Aubertin, Mitch Maynard, Harrison Wood and Matt Kelly added assists for the Capitals.
Referee Thane Arsenault called four minors and two 10-minute misconducts against the Tigers (3-13-1-0). The Caps were assessed four minors and one 10-minute misconduct.
Before 853 fans at the Colchester Legion Stadium, Brandon McMartin scored at 11:11 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie, and lift the Bearcats to victory.
The Bearcats’ Daniel Perigo and Caissy exchanged goals in the opening period.
Overall, Truro outshot the Caps 42-26, including a 20-9 advantage in the third period. Shayne Campbell earned the goaltending decision over Riley. Campbell was named the game’s first star, and Riley took second-star honours.
There were no power plays in the game, and in there were only three infractions called all together – a fighting major to each team in the second period, and the Caps were awarded a penalty shot at 19:06 of the final frame. Aubertin had an opportunity to tie, but he shot wide of the goal on the penalty shot.
The Caps’ next home game is against the Woodstock Slammers in a rare Thursday night game on Nov. 9. The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.