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Western Caps clinch division

Forward Kallum Muirhead had two goals and an assist in the Summerside Western Capitals’ 6-4 victory over the Grand Falls Rapids in Thursday night’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena.
Forward Kallum Muirhead had two goals and an assist in the Summerside Western Capitals’ 6-4 victory over the Grand Falls Rapids in Thursday night’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena. - Jason Simmonds

Muirhead, MacArthur each record three points in come-from-behind win over Grand Falls

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals clinched the Eastlink North Division’s 2018-19 regular-season title in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Thursday night.

The Capitals overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits en route to a 6-4 win over the Grand Falls Rapids. The win improved the Caps’ record to 35-8-2 (won-lost-overtime losses), and opened up a four-point lead over the Eastlink South Division-leading Yarmouth Mariners (32-8-4) in the overall standings. The Caps have five regular-season games remaining, and the Mariners have six.
The Caps, the fourth-ranked team in this week's Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings, lead the Campbellton Tigers (27-12-5) by 13 points in the North Division. Campbellton has six contests left to be played.
Before 818 fans at Eastlink Arena, veterans Kallum Muirhead (2-1) and Brodie MacArthur (1-2) each recorded three points to key the Caps’ attack. Muirhead’s first goal of the night was a big one as it came right off a MacArthur faceoff win as time expired in the first period to cut the Rapids’ lead to 3-2. Muirhead would tie the game 1:49 into the second period, and the teams would enter the final 20 minutes even at 3-3.
Defenceman Brodie MacMillan also lit the lamp twice, and Sullivan Sparkes added a goal and an assist for the Caps, who snapped a two-game slide. Marc Richard, Cedric Chenier, Noah Massie, Cam Roberts, Dylan Riley and Kayden Peck assisted.
Dawson Wood (2-2) and Jean-Simon Belanger (2-1) had big offensive games for Grand Falls (12-23-6). Chris Melendez (2) and Matthew MacKay chipped in with assists.
The final shots-on-goal totals were 28-26 in favour of the Capitals. Dominik Tmej earned the goaltending win over Andrew Rose.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Kallum Muirhead (Caps), 2. Dawson Wood (Rapids), 3. Jesse Annear (Caps).
The Caps are back in action on Friday in Miramichi, N.B., against the Timberwolves (17-24-2).

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