Caps direct 56 shots at Aces

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Dempsey scores twice as home team connects three times on power play

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals made sure Kyle Porter didn’t get much down time on Thursday night.

The Caps directed a 56-shot attack on the County Aces goaltender, including 22 in a scoreless first period. However, the Caps finally solved Porter late in the second period, then opened up a 3-0 lead just past the halfway mark of the final frame and scored two goals in the game’s final two minutes for a 5-1 win.



The victory improved the Caps’ record to 25-12-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). The Caps are second in the Eastlink North Division, formerly the Roger Meek Division, and overall standings in the 12-team MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) with 52 points, two behind first-place Woodstock (25-7-3-1) and three in front of third-place Dieppe (24-10-1-0). Woodstock has three games-in-hand on the Caps and Dieppe has four.

The Aces, who are in their second year of existence and are based in St. Stephen, N.B., fell to 7-29-1-0.


First goal

Before 873 fans at Eastlink Arena, Thomas Stavert (1-1) opened the game’s scoring on the power play at 18:07 of the second period. It was Stavert’s league-leading 33rd goal and 76th point of the regular season.

Mitch Dempsey (3:57) and Evan Morrison (11:06) scored power-play goals in the third period to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Aces’ Brady Griffin Hefford connected with the man advantage with 6:11 remaining to spoil the shutout bid of Caps goaltender Matt Williams, who finished with 29 saves.

Jonathan Larter scored into an empty net at 18:04, and Dempsey closed out the scoring with his second of the night in the final minute of play.

Joey Colatarci, Bobby Zinkan, Blaize Bridges and Alex Peddle chipped in with assists for the Caps.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Thomas Stavert (Caps), 2. Kyle Porter (Aces), 3. Mitch Dempsey (Caps).


Next action

The Caps’ next game is a big one in Dieppe on Wednesday. The Caps’ next home game is Thursday against the Miramichi Timberwolves (20-14-0-2).

Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Dieppe

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