Capitals face elimination in junior hockey series

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Summerside hosts Miramichi for Game 4 tonight

SUMMERSIDE — There is now no tomorrow for the Summerside Western Capitals!

The Capitals must win at Eastlink Arena to night to stave off elimination in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) playoffs.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven Roger Meek Division semifinal series against the Miramichi Timberwolves will begin at 7 p.m. Miramichi leads the series 3-0 after 1-0, 4-3 and 9-6 wins.

“We will approach it like any other game,” said Capitals head coach Tim Schurman on Thursday. “We just have to do whatever we can to try and find a way to get over that hurdle of beating these guys (Timberwolves).”

The Timberwolves have won eight of 10 meetings against the Caps in the regular season and playoffs. However, six of those games have been decided by one goal.

“We were real close the first couple of games, we were right in the thick of things,” said Schurman. “A couple of times last night (Wednesday) we were able to battle back and get it to within one goal, and the momentum kind of changed.

“We are just going to do everything in our power to win one game, and move on from there.”

Schurman said veteran Simon-Pier Chamberland will be back in goal for Game 4. Chamberland was relieved by rookie Alex Kelly after giving up four goals on 13 shots in the first 16:58 of Game 3. Kelly stopped 18 of 22 shots the rest of the way, with the Timberwolves’ ninth goal coming into an empty net.

“We didn’t really give Simon a whole lot of help,” said Schurman. “They were able to get a couple of pucks through on the power play from the point, and we didn’t do a very good job of getting out of the lane.

“We were timid getting after pucks in the corner and things like that, and were just looking to change things up a little bit (with the goaltending change).”

Schurman said the Capitals “showed no quit” in Game 3. After falling behind 4-0 after one period, the Caps made it a 4-3 game 6:37 into the second period, but two power-play goals sent Miramichi into the second intermission ahead 6-3.

The Timberwolves went up 7-3 just before the seven-minute mark of the third period, but the Caps answered back with three goals within a three-minute span to close to within 7-6 with 4:27 left.

“We have a group that prides ourselves on playing hard at all times and never quitting,” said Schurman. “There were some positives there (Game 3).

“We were able to score six goals last night, hopefully we can continue to get some pucks in behind their goalie.”

Organizations: Capitals, Timberwolves, Maritime Junior Hockey League

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