Four-point night for Blight
SUMMERSIDE – Three unanswered third-period goals sent the Truro Bearcats past the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals on Saturday night.
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Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals forward Blaize Bridges, 18, carries the puck over the Truro Bearcats’ blue-line during Saturday night’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena.
The final score of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game was 5-2.
“They took advantage of their opportunities tonight (Saturday), and that was the difference in the game,” said Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan. “I thought we were the better game through two periods, and they came on in the third.”
The Capitals remain in first-place overall in the 12-team league at 22-9-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). The Bearcats are 16-10-3-1.
In front of 948 fans at Eastlink Arena, Braydon Blight opened the game’s scoring for the Bearcats at 13:07 for the only goal during the first period.
In the second period, Summerside’s Bobby Zinkan and Julian Makary set up Thomas Stavert for the Capitals’ first goal of the night at the 51-second mark.
The Bearcats responded soon after with a goal by Brandon Hughes at 2:34.
The Capitals tied the score 2-2 at 14:27, when Stavert beat Bearcats goaltender Jacob Fancy. Hunter McIntyre and Blaize Bridges drew assists.
“They took advantage of their opportunities tonight (Saturday), and that was the difference in the game. I thought we were the better game through two periods, and they came on in the third.” Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan
Jordan Wentzell gave the Bearcats the lead for good at 5:50, and Ben Higgins made it a 4-2 contest at 10:32. Hughes’s second goal of the night at 18:04 closed out the game’s scoring.
Blight also added two assists for a four-point night. Hughes, Higgins, Zach Beaton of Stratford, Jordan Wentzell, Jimmy Soper and Cameron MacLeod also assisted for Truro.
Hughes, a 20-year-old centre, has 11 goals and 15 assists with the Bearcats since being acquired from the Oakville Blades.
Fancy made 35 saves to earn the goaltending win while Matt Williams made 21 saves for the Caps.
Referee Justin DesRoches whistled four of the game’s six minors against Truro.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Braydon Blight (Bearcats), 2. Brandon Hughes (Bearcats), 3. Thomas Stavert (Caps).
The Capitals are back in action on Thursday as they host the Woodstock Slammers (20-6-3-0) at 7 p.m.