Deon, Riley recognized by MHL

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Caps offering guaranteed 50/50 pool Friday

SUMMERSIDE – Two members of the Summerside Western Capitals claimed two of the three stars of the week in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

Summerside Western Capitals defenceman Dale Deon was named one of the three stars in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) for last week.

Defenceman Dale Deon and goaltender Jacob Riley were recognized for their efforts in helping the Capitals sweep a home-and-home series from the Woodstock Slammers.

Riley allowed only two goals against in the two games, and was named the first star in both contests.

Deon contributed six assists in both games, including four in a 6-2 road win on Sunday.

Two home games

The Caps are preparing this week for two tough home contests against teams in the Eastlink Division.

The Jim Bottomley-coached Amherst Ramblers come to Summerside on Friday for a 7 p.m. start at Eastlink Arena. Then the Yarmouth Mariners visit on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Caps are guaranteeing a 50/50 pot of $5,000 for Friday’s game.

"This is going to be a great game, and we are looking for a large crowd," said Capitals general manager Pat McIver. "Amherst put it to us last time over there, so we will have to be ready.”

In the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this season, the Ramblers defeated the Caps 5-2 in Amherst on Sept. 29.

Both teams will have new faces in their lineup from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Friday. Amherst has added Robert Davis from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and the Caps have added Zack Beaton from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Davis and Beaton will both add size to their lineups, and are welcome additions, noted McIver.

Rankings

The Caps moved to 13th in the country this week in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s top-20 rankings. Two other MHL teams were also ranked. The Truro Bearcats stayed at No. 2, and the Mariners are at No. 18.

Tickets for this weekend’s two games can be purchased at the Credit Union Place box office.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Canadian Junior Hockey League, Mariners Credit Union Place

Geographic location: Summerside

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