Despite winning only one of three games last week
RIVERVIEW, N.B. – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have moved up one spot in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s rankings, despite having a losing record last week.
The Capitals go into the Christmas break as the No. 18th-ranked team in Canada. They are the only MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) team to crack this week's top-20 national rankings.
The Caps started off the week with back-to-back shutout losses to the Woodstock Slammers – 2-0 in Summerside on Thursday, and 5-0 in Woodstock on Sunday.
The Caps got back in the win column on Sunday with a 5-3 decision over the South Shore Lumberjacks. Goaltender Daryl MacCallum made 40 saves and the Caps, who scored an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining, held off a furious comeback attempt by the Lumberjacks after taking a 4-0 lead into the final 20 minutes.
The Capitals sport a league-leading 21-8-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses) for 41 points. The Caps are two points ahead of Roger Meek Division rivals Dieppe Commandos (20-8-1-0) and Woodstock (19-6-3-0).
The Caps return to action on Jan. 7 against the Miramichi Timberwolves.
The rankings are produced in conjunction with the International Scouting Services (ISS) and are based upon a variety of factors, including the league teams play in, winning percentage, won-lost record, total points and goals-for versus goals-against ratio.