SUMMERSIDE - Summerside Western Capitals faced tough competition in a pair of games over the weekend. The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) team had a hard fought 3-2 win against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Saturday but fell short against the first-place Woodstock Slammers at home on Sunday.
Capitals head coach, Gordie Dwyer, said Sunday's 7-3 loss was the result of his team not showing up for the full 60 minutes.
"We started off slow and put together a good 20 minutes in the middle frame but didn't have enough in the tank in the third period," Dwyer said following the game. "I'll give credit to Woodstock. Woodstock is the top team and they played really well. We didn't compete hard enough for 60 minutes and to beat Woodstock you're going to have to be on your game for the whole game and today we just weren't able to do it."
Slammer Alex Beaton led his team with three goals and one assist while Marco Desceaux added three assists.
Woodstock's Andrew Langan opened the scoring at 6:55 to give his team a 1-0 lead over the Capitals. Beaton had an unassisted shorthanded goal midway through the opening 20 to extend the lead to 2-0. Capital Spencer MacDonald cut the Slammer's lead to 2-1 with a power play goal near the end of the first.
Summerside started off the second period with Will Johnston's 14th of the season to tie the game at two. Beaton's second of the game was scored midway through the game for Woodstock to regain the lead. Newly acquired Robert McEwan scored his first goal as a Western Capital on a power play at the end of the second period to make the game even once again.
Slammer Phillip Teri scored the game winner at the opening minute mark in the third. Unanswered scoring continued through the third with goals from Langan, Mitch Flynn and Beaton.
The Capitals' weekend results hold the team in second place in their division with Miramichi only two points behind.
The Summerside Western Capitals have the week to regroup before travelling to Amherst to face the Ramblers on Saturday.