Caps top Bearcats

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals started strong and never trailed in an important MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game on Sunday afternoon.

The Summerside Western Capitals’ Justin Rasmussen fires the puck past Truro Bearcats goaltender Shayne Campbell during first-period action of Sunday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena. The Caps defeated the Bearcats 6-4.

The Capitals jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead, and led 5-1 following 40 minutes, en route to a 6-4 victory over the Truro Bearcats before 1,317 fans at Eastlink Arena.

It was the seventh win in a row for the Capitals, who improved their league-leading record to 26-6-2-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). The Bearcats, meanwhile, fell to 21-6-0-3. The win also gives the Caps a three-point lead over the Eastlink Division-leading Yarmouth Mariners (25-5-1-0) atop the league’s overall standings.

Mitch Maynard (2-1) and Justin Rasmussen (1-2) each had three points to lead the Capitals.

Jacob Riley stopped 35 of 39 shots for the Caps, who are the host team for the 2013 RBC Cup Canadian junior A hockey championship tournament from May 11 to 19. The Bearcats are hosting the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junior A hockey championship the first week of May.

 

See complete story in Monday’s Journal Pioneer.

Organizations: Capitals, Eastlink Division, RBC

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