The Capitals scored six unanswered goals over the final two periods to trim the Metro Shipbuilders 7-2, and extend their winning streak to six games.
The victory improved the Caps’ record to 17-3-2-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). That is good enough for 36 points, one more than the Eastlink Division-leading Truro Bearcats (17-3-0-1), who have played one less game.
The Caps also opened up an 11-point cushion atop the Roger Meek Division standings over Miramichi (12-7-1-0) and Dieppe (11-8-0-3), and 12 points clear of Woodstock (11-7-2-0).
Cote nets hat trick
Before 187 fans at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, Alex Cote broke out of an offensive slump in a big way with a three-goal performance. Cote, who now has eight goals and seven assists in 22 regular-season games, went into the game on a six-game pointless streak, and he was scoreless in 11 games dating back to a two-goal effort against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Oct. 14.
Mitchell Maynard (1-2), Justin Rasmussen (1-1), Justin Thomas and Colton Parsons also scored for the Capitals. Harrison Wood (2), Alex Gallant (2), Wes Herrett, Jon Aubertin and Dale Deon chipped in with assists. It was Gallant’s first game back since suffering a shoulder injury in New Glasgow, N.S., in October.
Brandon Boutilier and Adam Fraser countered for the struggling Shipbuilders (2-21-0-1). JP Harvey (2) and Connor McCoach assisted.
The Shipbuilders led 2-1 after the first period, and the Caps were in front 3-2 following 40 minutes.
Overall, the Capitals outshot the Shipbuilders 48-24, including period advantages of 14-6, 15-10 and 19-8. Dylan McQuaid earned the goaltending win while Ben Goss took the loss.
Referee Jon Langille called four of seven minor penalties in the game against the Capitals. Each team went 0-for-4 on the power play.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Alex Cote (Caps), 2. Mitchell Maynard (Caps), 3. Justin Rasmussen (Caps).
The Capitals’ next game is at Dieppe on Friday night. The Caps’ next home game is against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Sunday at 2 p.m.