Yetman, Michalovsky come up big in must-win situation on the road
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – It’s going the distance!
The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals defeated the Campbellton Tigers 3-1 on Saturday night to even the best-of-seven Eastlink North Division semifinal series 3-3. That sets the stage for a winner-take-all Game 7 showdown at an excepted raucous Eastlink Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
It’s been a long road back for the Capitals, who have faced 2-0 and 3-1 series deficits.
“Right now we have accomplished nothing,” said Caps forward Nathan Yetman, who recorded three points and was named the first star of Game 6. “We still have to get the fourth win, and Game 7 is now the most important.
“We are pumped up, but we are not too high and not too low. We are excited for it, and are also focused. It’s going to be a good game Tuesday, and hopefully it will be a packed house.”
Advance tickets go on sale at Credit Union Place’s box office on Sunday at noon.
Down to the wire
The 1,321 fans at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre were treated to a very intense playoff game.
“It was no different than any other game this series,” said Caps head coach Billy McGuigan. “It was tight checking, it was a battle right from start to finish.”
Yetman’s two third-period goals proved to be the difference while Caps goaltender Kyle Michalovsky made 32 saves and was named the game’s third star in his first start of the series.
“What we asked of Kyle is to go in the net and give us a chance to win,” said McGuigan. “He certainly did, and he obviously got the job done.”
The Tigers’ Kyle Orgell opened the scoring 2:28 into Game 6, but Evan Morrison evened the score at 9:55. Yetman and Sam LeBlanc set up the equalizer.
“We battled hard for a full 60 minutes, stuck to our structure and didn’t get too high or too low when certain things happened,” assessed Yetman.
The score remained 1-1 until 8:17 of the third period, when Yetman scored on a deflection. Morrison, who received second-star honours and is tied with Yetman for a team-leading nine points in the post-season, and Joey Colatarci set up the goal.
“It was a 3-on-2 and Morrison got the puck on the wall,” explained Yetman. “He shot it towards the net, and it was lucky enough to hit my stick and went up high glove.”
Then, after the Caps killed off two Campbellton power plays in the final 6:30 of the third period, Yetman, who is also one of the Caps’ top penalty killers, netted an unassisted empty-net goal with 10 seconds to go.
“We knew our season was on the line, and our penalty killing was amazing,” said Michalovsky. “They did such a good job and made it easy for me.”
The Capitals were assessed five of the game’s nine minor penalties. The Caps were 0-for-3 on the power play while the Tigers went 0-for-4.