SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals tough weekend continued on Sunday, as they dropped the back end of a home-and-home series with the Truro Bearcats at Eastlink Arena.
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Bearcats captain Phillip Fife skates to centre and dumps the puck on goal. Fife scored two goals against the Capitals Saturday night en route to back-to-back victories over the Caps.
The Caps came out of the gate strong, but quickly fizzled, falling 7-4 to the defending Fred Page Cup champions.
“There’s an experience factor here for sure,” head coach Tim Schurman said of his young squad. “That said, I thought we had a great first period. We had a lot of energy, finished our checks, had a fight. As the game went on, we didn’t seem to have as much energy.”
The Caps fell behind the eight ball midway through the first period when Truro’s Colby Lanceleve notched an unassisted goal to open the scoring.
The Bearcats would add two more early in the second, with goals from Tyler Morrison and Cal Gloade.
Cavan Fitzgerald put the Capitals on the board with under five minutes remaining in the second frame, with a powerplay goal assisted by veterans Harrison Wood and J.P. Harvey.
Outshot 21-9 through two periods, the Capitals didn’t make things easy for themselves in the third.
Truro’s Jacob Smith would capitalize on a pair of powerplays right off the bat, scoring two powerplay goals 1:17 apart, giving the Bearcats a 5-1 lead.
Badly outshot, the Capitals managed to claw back with two quick goals by Jordan Buchanan and Harvey, the latter coming on the man advantage.
However, penalty trouble would again bite the Caps, as Chad Jones went off for an interference call just inside his own blue line.
Truro worked the puck to the front of the net on the ensuing advantage, and Mitchell Robillard backhanded one over goalie Alex Kelly to extend the lead to three again.
Pressuring to draw within two again, Caps forward Zen Hamil led the rush down the left-hand side and tossed an innocent looking shot on goal, surprising Truro goalie Jacob Fancy with a bad angle goal.
With the net empty in the final minutes, the Capitals couldn’t sustain any pressure in the offensive zone. Truro would capitalize with a give-and-go empty netter by Morrison, with the assist going to Kyle Tibbo.
Despite being outplayed and outshot, Schurman said the Caps showed progress in not giving up.
“When you’re down and you’re young, it’s tough to get back into it,” he said. “But our guys did a good job of not giving up. This is a much better team than we were a few weeks ago, and we’ll continue to improve.”
The final shots on goal were 30-19 in favour of the Bearcats. Attendance for the game was 633.
CAPS SHUTOUT IN TRURO SATURDAY
It was the second loss for the Caps in as many games, as they were shutout 3-0 by the Bearcats the night before in Truro.
Bearcats captain Phillip Fife led the way Saturday night, putting up two goals, while Robillard scored another.
Simon-Pier Chamberland manned the net for the Caps before leaving the game with less than five minutes to go. Grant Grady came in to finish.
The Caps will be back in action Thursday night in Pictou, before coming home for a pair of games at Eastlink Arena against the Dieppe Commandos and Woodstock Slammers.