UPDATED: Caps romp on Islander Day

Jason Simmonds
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Bridges, Stavert, Yetman line combines for 13 points before season-high crowd

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals are back on track.

The Capitals erupted for three goals in 1:24 in the opening 20 minutes and built period leads of 5-0 and 9-2 in a 10-2 win over the Valley Wildcats on Monday.

“If we could start every game like that it would be a lot better,” quipped Caps forward Nathan Yetman. “We came out ready and focused.”

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The Islander Day matinee attracted a season-high crowd of 1,362 fans to Eastlink Arena, and the Caps did not disappoint.

“Our structure was very sound and systematically we were very strong,” assessed Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan. “That was probably the best we have played in a while.”

The Capitals, who have scored 25 goals in three straight wins, moved into first place atop the Eastlink North Division and overall standings in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) at 29-12-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).

“We are down to just five games before playoffs, and we want to make sure we are going every night playing 60 minutes,” said Capitals forward Thomas Stavert. “We did that this week after a long stretch of adversity.”

“Our structure was very sound and systematically we were very strong. That was probably the best we have played in a while.” Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan


Big game

Offensively, the line of Stavert, Yetman and Blaize Bridges combined for 13 points. Stavert and Yetman each had two goals and two assists. Bridges recorded five helpers.

Mitch Dempsey (2), Bobby Zinkan, Hunter McIntyre, Alex Peddle and Evan Morrison rounded out the Caps’ scoring.

John Deacon and Nick Bruce replied for the Eastlink South Division-leading Wildcats (22-16-1-2).

“We were pretty strong early, and we felt the first eight minutes they were pretty good as well,” said McGuigan. “Then puck started going in the net for us.”

Overall, the Caps outshot the Wildcats 34-26. Winning goaltender was Matt Williams.

The three stars were:

1. Blaize Bridges (Caps), 2. Nathan Yetman (Caps), 3. Thomas Stavert (Caps).






Organizations: Wildcats, Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League Tigers

Geographic location: Campbellton

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