NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – The Summerside Western Capitals suffered a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Thursday night.
The Crushers tied the game with a late power-play goal, and Brett Doiron of St. Ann’s scored 56 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 victory at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
It took just around two hours to play the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game.
After a scoreless first period, David Stephens opened the scoring for the Crushers 6:47 into the middle frame. The Caps’ Thomas Stavert answered at 12:03 to send the teams into the second intermission tied 1-1.
Stavert netted his second of the night at 2:04 of the third period, and the Caps preserved that 2-1 lead until Stephens scored with 5:15 remaining in regulation time.
Mitchell Deruelle (2), Evan MacEachern, Garrett Lambke and Nick Parker assisted for the Crushers, who improved to 8-3-2-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).
Former Crusher Bruce Hornbrook had two assists for the Capitals (3-9-1-0). Michael Crocock and Zen Hamil added single helpers.
Overall, the Crushers outshot the Capitals 45-30. Brandon Thibeau was the winning goaltender while Simon-Pier Chamberland tended goal for the Capitals.
Referee Jon Langille called three minors, one major penalty for a blow to the head and one game misconduct against the Capitals. The Crushers were whistled for two minors and one checking-from-behind game misconduct.
The game was played before 820 fans.
The Capitals return to Eastlink Arena for a pair of weekend games against the Dieppe Commandos on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Woodstock Slammers visit on Sunday at 2 p.m.