Capitals drop close game to Slammers in junior hockey

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The Summerside Western Capitals were involved in another close game on Friday night.

The Capitals dropped a 2-1 road decision against the Woodstock Slammers in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

In fact, six of the Caps’ 10 games in January were decided by one goal.

The win  all but secured third place for the Slammers in the Roger Meek Division. Woodstock, which also won 3-2 in Summerside on Sunday, now holds an 11-point lead over the Caps with a 20-17-2-1 record. The Caps, who lead the Campbellton Tigers by 12 points for the final playoff berth, are 14-20-2-2.

Before 812 fans at the Carleton Civic Centre, Angus Johnston’s goal at 2:44 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie.

After a scoreless first period, Malik Johnson, who was set up by Alex Bradley, staked the Caps to a 1-0 lead at 3:47 of the second period. Riley Craft tied the game for the Slammers at 18:20.

Tyler Snow earned the goaltending win over Simon-Pier Chamberland, who was making his first start since being injured in Miramichi, N.B., on Jan. 15. Chamberland was certainly the busier of the two goaltenders as the Slammers outshot the Capitals 44-30.

The Capitals visit the Miramichi Timberwolves tonight. The Caps’ next home game is against the Valley Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Summerside Western Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Campbellton Tigers Carleton Civic Centre

Geographic location: Summerside, Miramichi

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