Western Capitals drop another close game in junior hockey

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SUMMERSIDE — The Summerside Western Capitals were involved in another close game on Tuesday night.

Kyle Kavanaugh’s goal at 10:27 of the third period snapped a 3-3 tie to lift the Woodstock Slammers to a 4-3 win over the Capitals, who played their fifth straight one-goal game and outshot their visitors by an almost 2-to-1 margin.

The Maritime Junior Hockey League make-up game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

The win all but secured third place in the Roger Meek Division for the Slammers, who now lead the Capitals by 10 points. Each team has seven regular-season games remaining.

Woodstock is now 24-18-2-1 while the Caps are 18-22-2-3.

Before 426 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Slammers led 1-0 after the opening period, and the teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.

Curtis McGregor scored 2:48 into the third period to give the Caps their only lead of the night, 3-2, but Zach Whitlock tied the game for the Slammers at 4:10.

Massimo Matteau (1-1) and Peter Woulds scored the other Woodstock goals.

Whitlock, Jake Wright, Keaton Lubin and EJ Faust added assists.

Thomas Stavert (1-1) and Blaize Bridges also dented the twine for the Capitals, who received assists from Maxim Pitre (2), Tyler Doyle and Jordan Buchanan.

Overall, the Capitals outshot the Slammers

51-26, including period advantages of 14-10, 20-8 and 17-8. Matt Jenkins earned the goaltending win, and Simon-Pier Chamberland took the loss.

Referees Wayne Doyle and Justin DesRoches assessed four of the game’s seven minor penalties against Woodstock.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Massimo Matteau (Slammers), 2. Thomas Stavert (Capitals), 3. Kyle Kavanaugh (Slammers).

The Capitals’ next game is Saturday in New Glasgow, N.S., against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

The Caps’ next home game is against the Bridge water Lumberjacks on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County

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