The win extended the Caps’ lead atop the Roger Meek Division to seven points over the Slammers, who will host the back end of a home-and-home series on Sunday afternoon.
“We put in 60 minutes today (Thursday),” said Capitals goaltender Jacob Riley, who recorded a 25-save shutout that included eight saves in the first period, eight in the second and nine in the third. “We really wanted to focus on competing and taking it to that team for 60 minutes. That’s what it takes to have a big win like that, and it was a full team effort.”
Before 1,118 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Caps scored three power-play goals on seven opportunities and played an outstanding team defensive game that limited Woodstock to very few quality-scoring chances in improving to 13-3-2-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).
“They (Caps) were great,” said Riley in assessing his teammates’ performance. “There were a lot of blocked shots, a lot of guys sacrificing their body and we were very productive on the (penalty) kill.”
The Caps successfully killed off all four power plays for Woodstock (10-6-1-0).
The Capitals opened the scoring on the power play at 3:20 of the opening period. Colton Parsons (1-1), positioned just on the edge of the goal crease, made no mistake redirecting a perfect tape-to-tape pass past Woodstock goaltender Colin Dzijacky.
“We got the offence going and that gave us confidence, and we shut them down on defence,” said Capitals forward Chris Caissy, who had a strong game with a three-assist performance.
The Caps connected on the power play again at 5:55 of the second period to make it 2-0. After the Caps applied some heavy pressure, Mitch Maynard made no mistake firing a rebound home from the slot.
“We put in 60 minutes today (Thursday). We really wanted to focus on competing and taking it to that team for 60 minutes. That’s what it takes to have a big win like that, and it was a full team effort.” - Capitals goaltender Jacob Riley
Then at 16:42 of the middle frame, captain Scott Trask was rewarded for some hard work as he banged a puck past Dzijacky just inside the far post from just on the edge of the goal crease to make it 3-0.
Jon Aubertin (1-1) tapped the puck home 26 seconds into the third period for the Caps’ third power-play goal of the game to make it 4-0.
Trask then slapped the puck from slot to make it 5-0 at 17:05 of the third period.
Overall, the Caps directed 39 shots at Dzijacky.
The rivalry between the teams was evident at 18:11. The Slammers’ Ian Lewis was assessed a major penalty for slashing after he hit a Capitals’ player on the ice, but Trask immediately charged in to fight Lewis. Trask picked up an instigator penalty and fighting major on the play.
“It’s a long-term rivalry, and these teams have always hated each other,” said Caissy.
Dale Deon (2), Harrison Wood and Justin Thomas also assisted for the Caps.
Referee Mike Annear called nine minors, two 10-minute misconducts and one game misconduct against the Slammers. The Caps were assessed five minors, two fighting majors, one 10-minute misconduct and one game misconduct.
It was announced that Caps head coach Billy McGuigan received a game misconduct following Trask’s instigator in the last 10 minutes, but that penalty was wiped out as he received a warning instead. Coaches are assessed game misconducts on the second instigator.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Jacob Riley (Caps), 2. Chris Caissy (Caps), 3. Scott Trask (Caps).