With three unanswered goals in third period
WOODSTOCK, N.B. – The Woodstock Slammers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally for a 5-3 victory over the visiting Summerside Western Capitals on Friday night.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Capitals, who fell to 1-4-0-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) on the young MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) season. The Slammers improved to 3-4-1-0.
At the Carleton Civic Centre, the Caps held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. The teams were tied 1-1 after the opening period, and the Caps took a 3-2 advantage into the second intermission.
However, Riley Craft’s goal at 4:16 of the third period pulled the Slammers even, and Michael White and Jake Wright connected for back-to-back power-play goals at 10:22 and 13:25. William Bower and Brandon Cottrell also scored for the Slammers.
Blaize Bridges led the Caps with a pair of goals, and Bruce Hornbrook netted a single tally. Zen Hamill (2), Cavan Fitzgerald, Wade Kropp, Harrison Wood and Malik Johnson drew assists.
Overall, the Slammers outshot the Capitals 50-36, including 20-14 and 17-6 advantages in the first and third periods. Will King earned the goaltending win, and Alex Kelly finished with 45 saves for the Capitals.
The Capitals continue a three-game weekend with a road game against the Dieppe Commandos on Saturday, and return home to host the Campbellton Tigers at Eastlink Arena on Sunday. The opening faceoff is set for 2 p.m.