After a wild third period
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have staved off elimination in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) playoffs.
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Thomas Stavert, right, raises his arms in the air after scoring off a perfect pass from linemate Riley Whittingham, 19, to give the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals a 2-0 first-period lead over the Campbellton Tigers at Eastlink Arena on Thursday night. The Caps lead the Tigers 3-0 at the completion of 20 minutes.
The Capitals prevailed 6-4 over the Campbellton Tigers on Thursday night to force a Game 6 in the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal series in Campbellton, N.B., on Saturday night.
Before 1,726 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Capitals jumped out to period leads of 3-0 and 4-0, and led 5-1 at one point in the third period.
But the pesky Tigers refused to quit and closed to within 5-4 with 9:13 remaining. It was after Campbellton fourth goal that Caps head coach Billy McGuigan pulled starting goaltender Matt Williams, who gave up four goals on seven shots in the third period, in favour of Kyle Michalovsky. Michalovsky handled all three shots he faced.
With the teams in for a nail-biting finish, Sam LeBlanc capped a hat trick with an unusual goal at 18:22 to give the Caps some breathing room. LeBlanc’s shot went off the glass behind the Campbellton goal and deflected off Tigers goaltender Christofer Langlais into the goal.
Overall, the Caps outshot the Tigers 37-30.
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UPDATED: Caps lead 4-0 after two periods
Penalty-killing units come big in middle frame
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals will take a 4-0 lead over the Campbellton Tigers into the third period.
The Capitals, who are facing a must-win situation as they trail the Tigers 3-1 in the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal series in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League), are playing desperate hockey on home ice before a big crowd at Eastlink Arena.
After the Caps jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, defenceman Joey Colatarci scored the lone goal of the middle frame at 4:15 as his shot from the right point made its way through traffic.
A big story of the second period was an outstanding job by the Caps’ penalty-killing units. The Caps, who have been assessed five straight minor penalties, have killed off three of those and the Tigers will have a 5-on-3 power play for 17 seconds and a 5-on-4 advantage for 1:36 to start the third period.
The shots-on-goal totals were even 8-8 in the middle frame. Overall, the Caps hold a 20-18 advantage through 40 minutes.
If the Caps are able to hold on and win, Game 6 is scheduled for Campbellton, N.B., on Saturday night.
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Big first period for Caps
LeBlanc scores twice to lead home team to 3-0 lead
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals are playing like a team whose season is on the line.
The Capitals played arguably their best period of the season and have taken a 3-0 lead over the Campbellton Tigers into the first intermission in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal series in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). The Tigers lead the series 3-1, and the Caps must win to force a Game 6 in Campbellton, N.B., on Saturday night.
The Capitals also laid out a number of hard body checks during the first period, despite being outshot 12-10.
Sam LeBlanc’s goal at 2:49 opened the scoring and got the big crowd at Eastlink Arena into the game. Thomas Stavert connected off a Riley Whittingham pass at 3:15 to make it 2-0, and LeBlanc made it 3-0 at 14:28.
Matt Williams is in goal for the Caps and Christofer Langlais is between the pipes for the Tigers. Campbellton goaltender Rowan O’Brien, who played Games 1 and 3 in Summerside, is not dressed tonight.
Penalty-wise, the Tigers were called for two minors and the Caps received one minor. Campbellton will be on a power play for the first 1:25 of the second period.
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