Four-goal third period keys Dieppe win
DIEPPE, N.B. – It’s not the start to 2016 the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals were looking for.
After losing 7-4 to the Dieppe Commandos on Sunday afternoon, the Caps have now lost three games in a row and eight of their last 12 dating back to Nov. 28. The Caps fell to 22-10-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), and are now tied with the Commandos (22-9-1-0) for second place in the Roger Meek Division and overall standings in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
The division and league-leading Woodstock Slammers (22-6-3-0) defeated the Miramichi Timberwolves (18-10-0-2) 5-3 on Sunday to move four points ahead of the Caps and Commandos.
The Timberwolves have also quietly crept to within seven points of the Caps, and have played four fewer games. Those two teams will meet in a home-and-home series this week.
Decisive third period
At the Arthur J. LeBlanc Arena, the teams went into the third period tied 3-3 after the first period ended with the score 1-1. Nathan Yetman gave the Caps a 4-3 lead in the first minute of the final frame, but the Commandos responded by scoring four unanswered goals.
Mathieu Newcomb (2-1), Michael Hache (1-2), Ryan Chiasson (1-2), Patrik Landry (1-2), Cody Drover (1-1) and Dominic Levasseur scored for the Commandos, who have won three of four regular-season meetings against Summerside.
Sam LeBlanc (1-1), Riley Whittingham (1-1) and Tanner McCabe also scored for the Capitals, who received assists from Blaize Bridges (2), Thomas Stavert, Jesse Annear, Josh Pugsley and Sebastian Cormier.
Jason Rioux earned the goaltending win over Matt Williams. Overall, the Commandos outshot the Caps 39-36.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Michael Hache (Commandos), 2. Mathieu Newcomb (Commandos), 3. Cody Drover (Commandos).