Capitals blanked by Slammers on teddy bear toss night

Jason Simmonds
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Woodstock Slammers goaltender Zachary Fortin makes one of his 30 saves in Thursday night’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena. Summerside Western Capitals forwards Morgan MacDonald, 11, and Thomas Stavert are unable to get their sticks on the rebound. Slammers in the play are Mitchell Kreis, 23; Kris Hodge, 14; Thomas Hedges, 3; Noah Zilbert, 10, and Riley Craft, 22.

The Woodstock Slammers played a perfect road game on Thursday night.

The Slammers registered a 2-0 victory over the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The annual Chad Gallant memorial teddy bear toss was scheduled in conjunction with the game, and fans were to throw teddy bears on the ice after the Caps’ first goal.

However, Slammers goaltender Zachary Fortin registered a 30-save shutout, and the fans had to wait until the game was over before tossing the teddy bears.

“It was a disappointing game obviously,” said Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan. “I didn’t think we were sharp throughout it.

“We weren’t really transitioning the puck very well from defence to offence, and I thought Woodstock was the better team for 60 minutes.

“I thought we showed signs of coming on early in the second period, but we couldn’t find the back of the net.”

Before 1,068 fans at Eastlink Arena, Thomas Hedges scored both goals for the Slammers, who improved to 17-6-3-0. The Slammers are third in the Roger Meek Division, two points behind the second-place Dieppe Commandos (19-8-1-0) and four behind the league-leading Capitals (20-7-1-0), who pay a return visit to Woodstock tonight.

The Slammers came out strong recording the game’s first six shots on goal, and some key saves by Capitals goaltender Daryl MacCallum, including a breakaway stop and a point-blank save before the 10-minute mark, kept the game scoreless.

Hedges opened the scoring at 10:41 as his long shot along the ice fooled MacCallum. Brendan Bornstein and Jarred Toole of Bonshaw drew helpers.

Hedges made it 2-0 at 11:13 of the second period, when his shot from the left point made its way through heavy traffic past a screened MacCallum. Johnny Erbs and Konner Haas set up that goal.

Hedges’ second goal came after some heavy pressure by the Capitals. They carried the play early in the middle frame, but could not solve Fortin.

“We played a lot more of the perimeter than we should have or could have,” said McGuigan. “For a team like Woodstock coming in to play a road game, we didn’t make it very hard on them."

One Capital who caught McGuigan’s eye was Parker Ronahan, who handed out three solid checks and had a couple of scoring chances from hard work.

“Parker is a big body, he’s made his way with our hockey club and he’s a big part,” said McGuigan, who also acknowledged he felt Brock Richard had a strong game.

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

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