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Lumberjacks hand Caps second straight loss

Easter Seals Ambassador Tyler MacLeod of Summerside dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff for Monday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game between the Summerside Western Capitals and South Shore Lumberjacks. Also taking part in the faceoff are Rotarian Bill Martin, a member of the organizing committee of Monday’s event; Tyler’s parents, Brian and Shelley and sister Tori, and Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart. The Caps donated the team’s share of Monday’s 50/50 draw to the Easter Seals Campaign.
Easter Seals Ambassador Tyler MacLeod of Summerside dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff for Monday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game between the Summerside Western Capitals and South Shore Lumberjacks. Also taking part in the faceoff are Rotarian Bill Martin, a member of the organizing committee of Monday’s event; Tyler’s parents, Brian and Shelley and sister Tori, and Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart. Capitals forward and Summerside native Zach Thususka and South Shore captain Cody Grant take the draw. The Caps donated the team’s share of Monday’s 50/50 draw to the Easter Seals Campaign. South Shore pulled out a 7-4 win. - Contributed

Four unanswered third-period goals the difference

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

It was not a good long weekend at home for the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals

The South Shore Lumberjacks erupted for four unanswered third-period goals to turn a 4-3 deficit after 40 minutes into a 7-4 road win in the Caps’ annual Islander Day game on Monday afternoon. This contest followed a 5-0 loss at Eastlink Arena to the Campbellton Tigers on Saturday night.
It is only the second time all season the Caps have lost back-to-back games. The first was back in September.

The Summerside Western Capitals’ Jacob Riley releases a shot on South Shore Lumberjacks goaltender Ty Gallant while Lucas Roy attempts to get his stick on the shot. The action took place during the second period of Monday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena in Summerside on Monday afternoon.
The Summerside Western Capitals’ Jacob Riley releases a shot on South Shore Lumberjacks goaltender Ty Gallant while Lucas Roy attempts to get his stick on the shot. The action took place during the second period of Monday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena in Summerside on Monday afternoon.

The Caps, who were playing without high-scoring forwards TJ Shea (injury) and Cameron Roberts (suspension), failed to clinch the Eastlink North Division’s regular-season title in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). The Caps need one more win to clinch home-ice advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Caps, who are 34-8-2 (won-lost-overtime losses), are now two points up on the Eastlink South Division-leading Yarmouth Mariners (32-8-4), who scored three third-period goals to defeat the Pictou County Crushers (19-17-7) on Monday evening. The Caps and Mariners each have six regular-season games remaining.
The Capitals’ next game is Thursday, when the Grand Falls Rapids (12-22-6) visit Summerside for a 7 p.m. start.
Before 1,128 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period, and at one point held a 3-1 advantage in the middle frame. After the Lumberjacks, who are based in Bridgewater, N.S., tied the game 3-3, Dylan Riley picked the far stick side from the bottom of the right-wing faceoff circle to give the Caps a 4-3 lead at 17:06 of the second period.
The third period, though, would belong to the Lumberjacks, who outshot the Caps 16-9. Logan O’Neill’s short-handed goal at 7:32 tied the game, and McKullen Askill made no mistake firing the puck into the open net after Caps goaltender Daniel Thompson got caught in no-man’s land after breaking to race for a loose puck. Cody Grant fired the puck home up high on Dominik Tmej, who replaced Thompson after South Shore’s fifth goal, to make it 6-4 at 18:10, and Christian Tsukamoto added an empty-net goal at 18:59.
Nicholas Tardif (1-2), Bair Gendunov and Connor McCloskey also scored for the Lumberjacks (20-19-3).
Kallum Muirhead (1-1), Brodie MacArthur (1-1) and Marc Richard, with a highlight-reel goal, rounded out the Caps’ scoring. Richard picked up a hard pass out of the air at the South Shore blue-line, before breaking in alone and making no mistake deking goaltender Ty Grant and sliding the puck through the five-hole to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Conor MacEachern (2), Kyle Nichol (2), Jesse Annear and Sullivan Sparkes contributed assists for the Caps.
Overall, the Caps held a 41-38 shots-on-goal advantage.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Logan O’Neill (Lumberjacks), 2. Jacob Hickey (Caps), 3. McKullen Astill (Lumberjacks).

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