Quick goals spark Caps

Jason Simmonds
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Bridges, Dempsey each score twice to lead offensive outburst

SUMMERSIDE – Quick goals were the story on Thursday night.

The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals struck for two goals 31 seconds apart in the first period, and then scored three times in just over a three-minute span in the middle frame to build a 5-2 lead en route to an 8-2 victory over the Miramichi Timberwolves in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

“Any game in this league you have to get off to a good start and play 60 minutes,” said Capitals forward Blaize Bridges, who scored two goals. “We were able to get a couple of goals in the first period, Kyle (Michalovsky) was good in nets and overall it was a good team effort.”

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The Capitals improved to 27-12-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) and closed to within one point of the Eastlink North Division-leading Woodstock Slammers (26-7-4-1), who have three games-in-hand. The Caps are five points up on the Dieppe Commandos (25-11-1-0), who have played four fewer games.


Two-goal effort

Before an announced crowd of 846 fans at Eastlink Arena, Mitch Dempsey scored twice while Bobby Zinkan (1-2), Brock Richard (1-1), Jonathan Larter (1-1) and Alex Peddle also scored for the Capitals, who earned their 15th win on home ice. Thomas Stavert (3), Riley Whittingham (2), Morgan MacDonald (2), Josh Pugsley, Evan Morrison, Sam LeBlanc and Joey Colatarci drew assists.

“The LeBlanc line with Whittingham and Mitch Dempsey has been our best line the last three games,” said Caps head coach Billy McGuigan. “We put Blaize and Thomas back together tonight (Thursday) because we were home, and it’s easier to play them together when we were home.”

Michael Constantine and Neil Aird each had a goal and an assist for the Timberwolves (21-15-0-2), who record remain two points out of a playoff spot.

“Any game in this league you have to get off to a good start and play 60 minutes. We were able to get a couple of goals in the first period, Kyle (Michalovsky) was good in nets and overall it was a good team effort.” Capitals forward Blaize Bridges

The Caps held period leads of 2-0 and 6-2. Both Miramichi goals came in the first 1:34 of the second period, when the two teams combined for five goals in 3:14.

Overall, the Caps outshot Miramichi 32-20. McGuigan really liked how the Caps limited the Timberwolves to very few quality chances.

“We kept them to the outside for most of the night, and we have worked on it quite a bit the last couple of weeks,” said McGuigan. “We are seeing the rewards now.”


Heavyweight bout

A toe-to-toe heavyweight bout between the Caps’ Tanner McCabe and Miramichi’s Liam Alcalde at centre ice 5:25 into the third period drew the loudest cheer of the night.

The Capitals, coming off a 5-3 loss to Dieppe on Wednesday night, complete a stretch of three games in three nights on the road against the Campbellton Tigers on Friday while Dieppe and Woodstock clash. The Caps have Saturday off and will be back on the ice practising on Sunday in preparation for Monday’s Islander Day matinee against the Eastlink South Division-leading Valley Wildcats (21-15-1-2) at Eastlink Arena.

“Campbellton is probably the hottest team in the league right now, and we play them four more times,” said Bridges.





Three stars

Three stars of Thursday night’s game:

1. Blaize Bridges, Caps: scored two goals, played the point on the power play and was a threat all night.

2. Thomas Stavert, Caps: collected three assists playing on a line with Bridges and was involved offensively all evening.

3. Jonathan Larter, Caps: worked hard all game and was rewarded with a Gordie Howe hat trick – goal, assist and fight.



Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Timberwolves Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Dieppe

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