The Summerside Western Capitals seem to be figuring out the Dieppe Commandos, but are not yet able to turn the tide on the ice against the Meek Division leaders.
After two lopsided games in September and early October, Saturday night’s contest was decided only seconds from the final buzzer, when Thierry Comtois scored unassisted for the Commandos to cap the game 3-2.
The Capitals were in good shape after the first period, having undershot the Commandos 9-13 but making them count. Jordan Buchanan opened the scoring at 2:15, assisted by Alex Bradley and Brad Power, then Thomas Stavert doubled the advantage six minutes later, with assists by Zen Hamil and Mitch Henneberry.
That only lasted about 90 seconds, however, before Alex Snow marked for the Commandos off the assists of Cody Drover and Justin McDonald.
Dieppe continued to fight back into the second period, registering 15 shots to the Capitals’ eight. Mathieu Newcomb evened the score for the Commandos at 2:58, assisted on the play by Shane Dallaire and Thierry Comtois.
Play in the third was balanced, with the Capitals edging the Commandos 14-13 in shots, but Comtois netted the gem for Dieppe with just six seconds remaining to play.
Summerside registered the only two minor penalties over the first two periods, and play progressed unimpeded until the last minutes of the third. The Capitals’ JP Harvey earned a 10-minute misconduct at 19:55, before Justin McDonald of the Commnados and Zen Hamil of the Capitals were assessed majors for fighting, accompanied by 10-minute game misconducts, at the final buzzer.
Players of the game were Thierry Comtois and Mathieu Newcomb from Dieppe and Summerside’s newcomer netminder Simon-Pier Chamberland. 572 spectators witnessed the contest, which dropped the Capitals to a 3-10-1-0 record while Dieppe advances to 9-4-1-0.
Summerside Western Capitals host the Woodstock Slammers on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Eastlink Arena.