For first of back-to-back home games
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will look to build off an encouraging road performance on Thursday night in back-to-back home games this weekend.
The Capitals, coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, host the Dieppe Commandos on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Woodstock Slammers visit on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games are at Eastlink Arena.
The Crushers, who are 10-3-0-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), needed a goal in the final five minutes of the third period to tie the game. The loss left the Caps at 3-9-1-0.
“We are coming up to the quarter-way mark of the season,” said Caps head coach Tim Schurman. “Although we do not have as many points as we’d like to have, we are seeing a lot of progress in some of the younger guys.
“We hope to continue that and bring it into our home games this weekend.”
The Commandos (8-4-1-0), who went into Friday’s play holding a one-point lead over the Miramichi Timberwolves atop the Roger Meek Division (8-3-0-0), have won the first two regular-season meetings with the Caps – 6-2 and 6-1. Miramichi played in Truro on Friday night.
An on-ice ceremony before Saturday’s game will honour the 60th anniversary of the Summerside Aces winning the 1953-54 Maritime intermediate hockey championship (see story on page B3).
In action Friday
The Slammers took a 5-7-1-1 record into Friday night’s home game against Amherst.
Schurman, defenceman Michael Crocock and forward Malik Johnson will not be available for Sunday’s game as they are scheduled to travel to Oakville, Ont., to participate in the Canada East selection camp for the upcoming World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Schurman is a member of the selection committee.
Schurman acknowledges this stretch of three games in four days provides a good test for the young Capitals.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we are seeing a lot of progress in our younger players,” said Schurman. “They are certainly starting to adapt to the junior A style and grind, so we are excited to see how they respond.”