Atom AAA Caps win Oromocto hockey tournament

Summerside defeats Fredericton in final to cap undefeated weekend

TC Media newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 9, 2017

The Summerside Capitals’ atom AAA team captured the annual Pioneer invitational hockey tournament in Oromocto, N.B., on Sunday. Team members are, front row, from left: Brodie Blacquiere, Josh Pridham, Brewer Waugh, Carson Griffin, Brian Zhang and Alex Gaudet. Middle row: Cole Echlin, Will Murphy, Cam Schurman, Ethan Dickson, Jonas Binkley, Ashton Brown, Lincoln Waugh, Andrew Thompson, George Gallant and Grayson Arsenault. Back row: Alex Waugh (trainer), Jason (Lefty) Gallant (defence and goaltending coach), Tyler McNeill (head coach) and Jordan Rankin (assistant coach). Missing from photo is team manager Scott Gaudet.

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OROMOCTO, N.B. – It was a successful return to the annual Pioneer invitational hockey tournament for the Summerside Capitals’ atom AAA team.

After finishing second in last year’s event, the Capitals returned home with the 2017 championship banner.
The Capitals, who went undefeated at 5-0 (won-lost), recorded a 5-1 victory over the Fredericton Wildcats in the championship game on Sunday.
“I am so proud of our team this weekend,” said Capitals head coach Tyler McNeill. “They played smart hockey all weekend, and stayed focus each game.
“We have a great group of kids this year, and it really showed this weekend.”

Final
At the Kings Arrow Arena, the Caps spotted the Wildcats a 1-0 lead after one period.
Summerside forward Ethan Dickson’s short-handed goal tied the game in the second period. Brian Zhang (2), Carson Griffin and Grayson Arsenault netted third-period goals as the Caps pulled away.
Alex Gaudet (2), Andrew Thompson, Will Murphy and Brewer Waugh contributed assists.
Winning goaltender Cole Echlin stopped 26 of 27 shots directed his way.

I am so proud of our team this weekend. They played smart hockey all weekend, and stayed focus each game. We have a great group of kids this year, and it really showed this weekend. Capitals head coach Tyler McNeill

Semifinal
After going 3-0 in round-robin play, the Caps defeated Dieppe 5-1 in a semifinal game.
Griffin (2-1), Dickson (2) and Waugh provided Summerside’s goals, with assists going to Lincoln Waugh, Pridham and Arsenault.
Winning goaltender was George Gallant.

Round Robin
Summerside’s round-robin results in Oromocto:
Summerside Capitals 3
Lancaster Thunder 1

Scoring for Summerside – Carson Griffin (2), Brodie Blacquiere. Assists: Jonas Binkley (2), Alex Gaudet.
Winning goaltender was Cole Echlin.

Summerside 6
Fredericton Wildcats 1

Scoring for Summerside – Carson Griffin (1-1), Lincoln Waugh, Ashton Brown, Brian Zhang, Andrew Thompson, Cam Schurman. Other assists: Brewer Waugh (2), Will Murphy, Andrew Thompson, Grayson Arsenault.
George Gallant recorded the goaltending win.

Summerside Capitals 3
Woodstock Slammers 0

Scoring for Summerside – Carson Griffin (2), Brodie Blacquiere. Assists: Andrew Thompson, Will Murphy, Ethan Dickson.
Cole Echlin recorded the shutout.