SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals moved into sole possession of second place in the Roger Meek Division of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Sunday afternoon.
The Capitals (13-6-0-1) hung on to get by the Yarmouth Mariners 7-5 while the Miramichi Timberwolves (10-5-1-4), who dropped a 6-2 evening decision in Truro, fell to third place.
“We had some lapses on defence, but when it came down to critical situations late in the third period we bared down and got the W,” said forward Matt Myers, who led the Capitals with a three-goal performance.
“It’s good to get the monkey off my back,” added Myers. “I think it was up to 10 games before this one where I hadn’t scored.”
Before 734 fans at Credit Union Place, the Mariners, who were playing their third road game in less than 72 hours, took a 3-2 advantage into the first intermission. But the Capitals scored four unanswered second-period goals, including three on the power play, while outshooting the Mariners 21-3 to take a 6-3 cushion into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
But the Mariners scored early in the third period, and closed to within one goal with 3:28 remaining in regulation time. However, Nathan DesRoches scored into an empty net with one second remaining to close out the scoring.
“You have to give them credit for crawling back after going down 6-3 and having played the last two nights,” said Myers. “They played a really good structured game over there. We had a good second period, and that proved to be the difference.”
“We had some lapses on defence, but when it came down to critical situations late in the third period we bared down and got the W.” Capitals forward Matt Myers
Trevor Carmichael (2-1) and Neil Sherren (1-2) also scored for the Capitals, who received assists from Parker Deighan (3), DesRoches (2), Harrison McIver, Nick Reilly and Morgan Walker.
Ryan Nickerson (2), Kenny Mahoney (1-1), Brock Morrison and Colin Campbell answered for the Mariners.
After being outshot 16-10 in the first period, the Capitals held a 28-8 advantage over the final two periods for an overall total of 38-24.
Winning goaltender was Paul Dorsey while Ryan Benitez took the loss.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Matt Myers (Capitals), 2. Nathan DesRoches (Capitals), 3. Ryan Nickerson (Mariners).
The Capitals visit the Dieppe Commandos (4-16-0-1) on Wednesday night, and then host the league-leading Woodstock Slammers (17-2-0-2) on Friday at 8 p.m.