Caps in deep hole

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Campbellton takes 2-0 lead in playoff series

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals find themselves in a deep hole.

Eddie Banville scored in double overtime to give the Campbellton Tigers a 5-4 win over the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals in MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) play in Campbellton, N.B., on Saturday night.

The Campbellton Tigers defeated the Capitals 5-4 in double overtime on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal series in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

The Capitals, who finished atop the regular-season standings with a league-leading 34 wins, will look to get back in the series on Sunday, when Game 3 is played at Eastlink Arena at 7 p.m.

The Caps and Tigers have now played four straight one-goal games, with three of those requiring overtime.


Winning goal

Before 818 fans at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre, Eddie Banville’s goal at 10:37 of the second extra period was the difference for the Tigers, who had 23 regular-season wins.


Caps blow lead

The Capitals appeared to be in good shape as Thomas Stavert’s second goal of the game at 7:29 of the third period opened up a 4-2 lead. However, after scoring two quick goals on two different occasions – 12 and 17 seconds apart – in Game 1, the Tigers answered with goals 38 seconds apart by Eric Chipman (11:08) and Gregor MacLeod (11:46) to tie the game.

Malik Johnson scored twice and added two assists for his second four-point game of the series.

Riley Whittingham and Evan Morrison also scored for the Capitals.

Overall, the Capitals outshot their hosts 54-53, but the Tigers held a 15-14 cushion in overtime.

Christofer Langlais earned the goaltending win over Matt Williams.

Organizations: Campbellton Tigers, Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

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