Commandos continue to have Caps’ number

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Three-goal third period by Dieppe the difference

DIEPPE, N.B. – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals began a big week with a costly loss.

Mathieu Newcomb scored what proved to be the wining goal in the Dieppe Commandos’ 5-3 win over the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals in MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) action in Dieppe, N.B., on Wednesday night.

The Capitals opened a stretch of three games in three days within the Eastlink North Division of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) with a 5-3 setback to the Dieppe Commandos on Wednesday night. The Eastlink North Division is formerly known as the Roger Meek Division.

The second-place Capitals dropped to 26-12-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) and failed to gain ground on the first-place Woodstock Slammers (26-7-4-1), who hold a three-point advantage and have played two fewer games.

Third-place Dieppe (25-11-1-0) has closed to within three points of the Caps, and also holds three games-in-hand in the race for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Back home Thursday

The Caps return home to host the Miramichi Timberwolves at Eastlink Arena on Thursday in what the team is calling its “Sweetheart” game at 7 p.m. With Valentine’s Day on Sunday, the Caps have announced the first 200 ladies will receive a flower from Kelly’s Flower Shoppe.

There are an important two points at stake for both teams. The Timberwolves, despite a 21-14-0-2 record, currently sit two points out of a playoff spot behind the Campbellton Tigers (20-12-5-1).

The Caps then close out the busy week on the road against surging Campbellton on Friday night.

Three-goal third period

Before 244 fans at the Arthur J. LeBlanc Arena, the Commandos outscored the Caps 3-1 in the third period.

Dieppe captain Mathieu Newcomb broke a 3-3 tie and scored what proved to be the winning goal at 7:24. Another veteran, Shane Dallaire, who had two goals and an assist, sealed the win into an empty net at 18:46.

 Ryan Chiasson (1-1) and Patrik Landry (1-1) also scored for the Commandos, who continue to have the Caps’ number.

The Commandos have won four of five regular-season meetings against the Caps, including all three in Dieppe. Meanwhile, the Caps have taken just three of a possible 10 points from the Commandos, who visit Summerside on March 5.

For the Caps, Sam LeBlanc (1-1), Tanner McCabe (1-1) and Blaize Bridges found the back of the net. Mitch Dempsey, Riley Whittingham and Joey Colatarci earned helpers.

Cody Drover (2), former Capital Alex Bradley, Erik Campbell and Cory Richardson set up Dieppe’s goals.

The Caps led 1-0 after the first period, and the teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.

Winning goaltender Jason Rioux stopped 33 of 36 shots while Matt Williams made 22 saves on 26 shots for the Capitals.

Three stars

The game’s three stars were:

1. Shane Dallaire (Commandos), 2. Tanner McCabe (Caps), 3. Patrik Landry (Commandos).


Western Capitals’ results vs. Dieppe:

Sept. 19 – Caps 2 at Dieppe 7.

Oct. 29 – Dieppe 1 at Caps 5.

Dec. 6 – Dieppe 5 at Caps 4 (OT).

Jan. 17 – Caps 4 at Dieppe 7.

Feb. 10 – Caps 3 at Dieppe 5.

Organizations: Caps 4, Capitals, MHL Maritime Junior Hockey League Timberwolves Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Campbellton, Summerside

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