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Caps look to tie series on road

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals will look to continue clawing their way back on Tuesday.

The Capitals will visit the Campbellton Tigers in a very important MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) playoff game at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers lead the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal matchup 2-1. Thus, the significance of this contest is the Caps will either return to Summerside for Game 5 on Thursday night tied 2-2, or down 3-1 and facing elimination.

“Campbellton is a good hockey team and they are very underrated with the rest of the league,” said Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan. “They play with a short bench, so their guys get to play a lot of extra minutes.

“That one line (Malik Johnson, Eddie Banville, Gregor MacLeod) had 24 points in the first two games, and is as good of a line as any in the league.

“Their goaltenders (Rowan O’Brien and Christofer Langlais) are playing well.”

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Back in series

The Capitals got back in the series with a hard-fought 4-2 win in Game 3 before close to 1,400 fans at Eastlink Arena on Sunday night after dropping two one-goal games to the Tigers, who finished 15 points behind the Capitals in the regular season.

“This isn’t a fourth-place team we are playing,” emphasized McGuigan. “This is a tough league, and this is a team we knew we could not underestimate.

“This isn’t a fourth-place team we are playing. This is a tough league, and this is a team we knew we could not underestimate. The series is still 2-1 for them, and we still have a lot of work to do.” Caps head coach Billy McGuigan

“The series is still 2-1 for them, and we still have a lot of work to do.”

 

Composure

Capitals rookie forward Hunter McIntyre of Kilmuir credited the team’s composure and upbeat attitude, despite facing a 2-0 deficit, as a key in Sunday’s win against the pesky Tigers.

“Our team is really good at not letting things bother us and shake us,” said McIntyre, who scored a big goal to tie Game 3 at 1-1 in the second period and get some life back in the arena.

McIntyre, who is attending Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, admitted the Tigers are a tough team to play against.

“They have one line that does a lot of the scoring for them,” said McIntyre. “Johnson, MacLeod and Banville is a good line, and the rest of their team is really sound defensively.

“They do not allow too much through the middle and no real ideal scoring chances. They are a tough team to play against, and they work their asses off.”

 

Key performer

Forward Evan Morrison, who leads the Caps with four post-season goals, said the Caps were a desperate hockey team on Sunday, and they will look to carry that over to Game 4.

“A little bit of desperation was involved,” said Morrison, who is from Launching, P.E.I. “Once your season is on the line, a team can really put it together and do some great things, especially this team we have here.”

 

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Organizations: Campbellton Tigers, Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Summerside

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