Including home game against Bridgewater on Sunday
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will look to build on the momentum generated in a solid 6-1 victory over the Campbellton Tigers last Sunday.
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Newly-acquired Summerside Western Capitals goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland in action with the Woodstock Slammers last season.
The Capitals return to action in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) with back-to-back games against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Saturday and the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Sunday. Saturday’s game is in Miramichi while Sunday’s contest, which will start at 2 p.m., will be played at Eastlink Arena.
“We have a tough divisional matchup on Saturday,” said Caps head coach Tim Schurman, whose team sports a record of 2-5-0-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). “Miramichi just went into Pictou (County) last night (Thursday) and got the two points (with a 5-4 win).
“We see it as a tough weekend, but we are looking forward to the challenge of playing Miramichi. Any time you play somebody in your own division it’s an important game.”
The Timberwolves scored three unanswered third-period goals for a 7-4 victory to spoil the Caps’ home opener on Sept. 22. Miramichi’s record is 5-3-0-0.
“Miramichi has a heck of a team over there,” said Schurman. “They have a lot of offensive power, and we’re looking to hopefully neutralize their offensive weapons and sneak out of there with a couple of points.”
Sunday marks the first meeting of the season between the Caps and Lumberjacks, who went into Friday’s home game against the Dieppe Commandos at 0-7-0-2.
“They are going to be a hungry team,” said Schurman, who is looking for his team to get off to strong starts in both weekend games.
“For the most part we’ve been trying to fight back in games,” continued Schurman. “It’s difficult to come back in this league as there are a lot of very good teams.
“For the most part we’ve been trying to fight back in games. It’s difficult to come back in this league as there are a lot of very good teams. One thing I’ve really liked about our team so far, especially the last couple of weeks, that no matter the score we have kept battling and kept giving it everything we’ve had. It showed a lot of character. One of the things we’re starting to see as a staff is we’re developing some character. That’s not just the older guys, but the younger guys are starting to buy in.” Capitals head coach Tim Schurman
“One thing I’ve really liked about our team so far, especially the last couple of weeks, that no matter the score we have kept battling and kept giving it everything we’ve had.
“It showed a lot of character. One of the things we’re starting to see as a staff is we’re developing some character. That’s not just the older guys, but the younger guys are starting to buy in.”
Former Woodstock Slammer goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland, who was acquired from the Abitibi Eskimos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League on Tuesday, arrived in Summerside on Wednesday night. He practised with the Caps on Thursday, and was scheduled to be on the ice on Friday afternoon.
Chamberland’s arrival leaves the Caps with three goaltenders, including rookies Grant Grady of Freetown and Alex Kelly of Kensington.
“Simon has had some success in our league and he’s a 20-year-old,” said Schurman, who added Chamberland will likely get the start on Sunday. “But, at the end of the day, he has to come in and win the No. 1 job.
“That’s why he is here, and he knows he is here to fight for a No. 1 job. . .
“Obviously, when you have a couple of young goalies you don’t want them going a long stretch without playing either. That’s something we’ll look at down the road.”