Summerside downs Campbellton in Marirtime junior hockey
SUMMERSIDE — JP Harvey scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Summerside Western Capitals to a much-needed 6-2 victory over the Campbellton Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
The MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) contest was played before a crowd listed as 947 fans.
“It was definitely very, very important for us to get this win today (Sunday),” said Harvey, who serves as team co-captain along with Michael Crocock. “Either we were going to be three points up or one back, so yeah, it was a big win for us today.”
The Capitals improved to 5-11-1-0, and opened up a three-point lead over the Tigers for the final playoff position in the Roger Meek Division. Campbellton fell to 3-13-1-1.
“We are happy with the result obviously,” said Caps head coach Tim Schurman. “It was a big game for us to get a little bit of separation between us and Campbellton as we’re fighting for a playoff spot, even though it’s early.
“It’s nice to get a couple of points up on them. We are happy we got the result we wanted, and everybody in the lineup got to play some today. It was a good team effort.”
Bruce Hornbrook (1-2), Thomas Stavert (1-1) and Brad Power also scored for the Capitals. Rookie defenceman Cavan Fizgerald chipped in with three assists while single helpers went to Crocock and Blaize Bridges.
Overall, the line of Harvey, Hornbrook and Stavert combined for nine points.
“I have good linemates, and I was just in the right place at the right time,” said Harvey, who admitted the line is quickly developing strong chemistry. “I played with Bruce earlier in the year, and recently we have been playing well in practice and it just went from there to the game.”
Mathew Astle and Andrew Meredith replied for the Tigers.
The Caps led 3-1 after the first period, and 4-2 following 40 minutes.
Overall, the Caps outshot the Tigers 46-26, including period advantages of 17-7, 18-12 and 11-7.
Simon-Pier Chamberland earned the goaltending win over Alexis Paiement.
Referee Thane Arsenault called a total of 12 minor penalties — seven of those against the Tigers.
Each team picked up one game misconduct for a fighting major in the last
10 minutes of the game.
The Caps’ next home game is against Miramichi on Sunday, Nov. 10. Fans are asked to note the start time is 7 p.m.