Woodstock drops 3-2 decision to Truro
Two goals in the third period secured an important Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals’ victory over the Dieppe Commandos on Saturday night.
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The D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals won against the Dieppe Commandos 5-3 on Saturday night at the Eastlink Arena.
The final score of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game was 5-3.
The Capitals, who are 33-12-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), regained first place in the Eastlink North Division and the league's overall standings with the win. The Caps moved one point ahead of the Woodstock Slammers (31-10-4-1), who lost 3-2 to the Truro Bearcats (24-15-4-2) on Saturday night.
The win also clinched at least second place in the regular-season standings and home-ice advantage in the playoffs for the Caps. Third-place Dieppe goes into their second-last regular-season contest against Miramichi on Sunday five points back of the Caps, who have one game left.
“That’s huge," said Capitals forward Thomas Stavert referring to securing home-ice advantage. "We were preparing for this all week, because we knew it was a big game for us.”
In front of 1,295 fans at Eastlink Arena, Stavert, assisted by Tanner McCabe, opened the game’s scoring for the Capitals for the only first-period goal at 1:57.
Josh Pugsley gave the Caps a 2-0 lead at 3:14 of the middle frame.
Then, on a power play, former Capital Alex Bradley got Dieppe on the board.
With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Stavert scored his second goal and 40th of the season.
The Capitals took a 3-1 lead into the third period, but the Commandos’ Patrik Landry (5:29) and Cody Drover (7:53) pulled Dieppe even.
The 21-year-old Stavert, who is from Kensington, scored his third goal unassisted on a breakaway at 10:42 to put the Caps back in front – 4-3.
Nathan Yetman, assisted by Stavert and Alex McQuaid, closed out the scoring at 15:01.
Caps goaltender Matt Williams made 34 saves while Dieppe’s Maxime Michaud stopped 31 shots.
Stavert, who leads the MHL scoring race with 94 points and 41 goals in 46 games, said he was proud to reach the 40-goal mark.
“It means a lot,” he said. “This year, I want to be more of a playmaker and make the guys around me better, and I’m doing that.”
Capitals’ head coach Billy McGuigan said it was an important game to win.
“We were pretty good tonight (Saturday),” he said. “They ended up tying it up, and we found a way to win. It was a good effort by us.”