Fortin records back-to-back shutouts
WOODSTOCK, N.B. – Zachary Fortin has backstopped the Woodstock Slammers right back into the race for top spot in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
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Woodstock Slammers goaltender Zachary Fortin earned back-to-back shutouts against the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals on Thursday and Friday.
The Slammers, behind Fortin’s 37-save effort and a two-goal performance by Zach Whitlock, blanked the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals 5-0 on Friday night to sweep a home-and-home series between the two arch-rivals. Fortin made 30 stops in a 2-0 win in Summerside on Thursday.
Woodstock improved to 18-6-3-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), and moved into a second-place tie in the Roger Meek Division with the Dieppe Commandos (19-8-1-0). The four-point sweep of the Caps this week also moves the Slammers to within just two points of the league-leading Capitals (20-8-1-0), who have now lost five of their last seven games.
The Caps will close out their pre-Christmas schedule on the road against the South Shore Lumberjacks (14-12-1-1) on Sunday afternoon.
Before 789 fans at the AYR Motor Centre, the Slammers opened the scoring 1:25 into the game, and went on to build period leads of 3-0 and 4-0.
Johnny Erbs (1-1), Konner Haas (1-1) and former Capital Sacha Guay also lit the lamp for the Caps.
Matt Williams started in goal for the Capitals, and gave up three goals on 15 shots in the opening 20 minutes. Daryl MacCallum relieved Williams to start the second period, and was beaten twice on 15 shots over the final two periods.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Zachary Fortin (Slammers), 2. Zach Whitlock (Slammers), 3. Sacha Guay (Slammers).
In other Caps’ news, head coach Billy McGuigan has confirmed that forward Damon MacDonald has left the team.
“Damon MacDonald came to us and he has a medical issue that he has been dealing with the last couple of years,” explained McGuigan. “He thought the junior A grind was a little too much, so he decided it wasn’t beneficial for him to play.”
MacDonald had 11 points, including five goals, in 13 regular-season games with the Capitals after a trade with South Shore on Oct. 28. The Caps dealt the rights to forward Sean Smith along with second- and third-round picks in 2016 to the Lumberjacks to acquire MacDonald.