Strong effort

Jason Simmonds
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Caps maintain first place with victory over Bearcats

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals combined timely scoring with a strong all-round effort on Friday night.

As a result, the Capitals were rewarded with a well-deserved 3-1 victory over the Truro Bearcats to maintain sole possession of first place in the Roger Meek Division and overall standings of the 12-team MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) over the Dieppe Commandos, who edged the Yarmouth Mariners 3-2.

Sam Jay of Freetown scored the winning goal while short-handed at 11:24 of the third period for the Commandos. It was Jay’s third goal of the season.

The Capitals now have 20 wins to go along with six regulation-time losses and one overtime setback. The Commandos are just two points back at 19-7-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). Truro fell to 12-7-3-1.

Shots-on-goal totals

At Eastlink Arena, the Capitals outshot the Bearcats 14-6 in the first period and at one point held a 20-7 advantage in the middle frame as they carried the play in the first 40 minutes. Overall, the final shots-on-goal totals were 38-29 in favour of the Caps as the Bearcats held a 12-7 advantage in the third period.

Rookie goaltender Matt Williams was solid in recording his 14th win of the season. Williams has given up only one goal in each of his two starts against the Bearcats this season, and has stopped 52 of 54 shots.

Offensively, the Capitals scored three highlight-reel goals.

Defenceman Alex Annecchiarico opened the scoring on the power play at 14:54 of the first period. Mitch Dempsey’s shot missed the net to the right of Truro goaltender Jacob Fancy, but Alex Peddle was positioned in the bottom of the circle and the puck came right to him off the end boards. Peddle made a perfect tape-to-tape pass to Annecchiarico in the slot, and he made no mistake redirecting the puck into the wide open side of the net.

The score remained 1-0 until 1:54 of the third period. That’s when Morgan MacDonald, who was set up by Peddle, unleashed a bullet shot from inside the right-wing faceoff circle that beat Fancy clean to the far side.

Thomas Stavert added an insurance marker at 12:08 off a one-timer from the right side that beat Fancy up high.

Jordan Wentzell, who was assisted by former Capital Zach Beaton of Stratford, spoiled Williams’s shutout bid at 16:28.

Three stars

The game’s three stars were:

1. Alex Peddle (Caps), 2. Matt Williams (Caps), 3. Morgan MacDonald (Caps).

Referees Tim Hamel and Justin DesRoches called four minor penalties against each team.

The Capitals’ next home game is against arch-rival Woodstock Slammers on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Caps will also host their annual Teddy Bear Toss on this night.


Summerside Western

Capitals notebook:

With Rogers Hometown Hockey in Summerside this weekend, Tara Slone and Summerside native Doug MacLean dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff. Slone is a reporter and ambassador for Rogers Hometown Hockey, and MacLean is a hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet.

Slone also sang O’Canada before the game, and Rogers Hometown Hockey officials were gathering videotape from the game.

The Capitals are now 2-0 (won-lost) with MacLean in attendance. He also participated in the team’s 35th anniversary season home opener in September.

The game was delayed for a little over 20 minutes in the second period due to a glass problem, and the teams were sent to their dressing rooms while the problem was fixed.

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Rogers Hometown Hockey

Geographic location: Freetown, Summerside

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Summerside Resident
    December 12, 2015 - 07:07

    This is incredable work by our home team and work ethics. How to do get fans to these games. Attendances hqve not been sterra by any means, this is a real shame. Summerside has always been a hockey towm/city. Yarmuth a cimmunity of 7000 are drawing 200 0 fans, this should be a trigger for us to fins promotion of some kind to bring our fans back, we need them. Hockey iaremostly Island players. Bring the 50/50 draw back, alot of upset fans about thatm My opinion. With a winning team we should be drawing at keast two thounsand a game. The management has ro reassess rthis quickly