Includes home contest vs. Truro
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will play three games in less than 72 hours this weekend for the second time this season.
The Capitals play back-to-back road games against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Friday night and Truro Bearcats on Saturday evening, before returning home to host the Bearcats in the back end of a home-and-home series at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“Three in threes are part of lifestyle in junior hockey, and you do what you can to pick up some points along the way,” said Capitals head coach Tim Schurman.
Motivation should not be a problem for the Capitals going into Friday’s game. The Lumberjacks edged the Capitals 3-2 in Summerside on Sunday for their first regular-season win in 11 games.
“Any time you lose against somebody and you have a chance to come back at them, it gives you an opportunity to rewrite the history,” said Schurman. “We weren’t really bad against Bridgewater, we outshot them 44-31 and had our chances. We haven’t really gotten too many breaks early in the season.
“We are getting chances and that’s a good sign. If you are struggling to get chances you are in a lot more trouble than when you are getting the chances.”
Schurman confirmed that newcomer Simon-Pier Chamberland, who made 28 saves against Bridgewater in his Caps’ debut on Sunday, will get the start on Friday.
The Caps take a 2-7-0-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) record into the Lumberjacks’ new home – Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre – while Bridgewater is 1-8-0-2.
“Three in threes are part of lifestyle in junior hockey, and you do what you can to pick up some points along the way." Capitals head coach Tim Schurman
The Bearcats, who have played a league-low seven regular-season games, are off to a 5-1-0-1 start.
“Truro has a solid team,” assessed Schurman. “They have quite a few guys back from last year, a lot of their leadership group – (Phillip) Fife, Brandon Pye and three or four of their D-men are back. . .
“It’s a good challenge for our guys to see a solid team on back-to-back nights. We are looking to bring our best compete level, and we’ve been working on that in practice.
“We had two really intense, high-energy practices this week, and we are looking to carry that over to the games against Bridgewater and Truro.”
Defenceman Jake McKenna, who was recently released by Yarmouth and is from the Charlottetown area, has joined the Caps on a tryout basis.
“We are hoping he comes in and helps stabilize things back there,” said Schurman. “He’s 19-years-old, he’s played junior B, he’s played some junior A and is another good kid we’ve added to the team.”