Goaltender turns in three strong performances
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside Western Capitals goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland has been selected as the first star of the week in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
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Summerside Western Capitals goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland was selected as the first star of the week in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Monday night.
The 20-year-old from Thetford Mines, Que., went 1-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses) to help the Caps earn three of a possible six points during a stretch of three games in less than four days. Chamberland had a 3.00 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the three games.
“My goal here is to keep the team in the game and give us a chance to win every game,” said Chamberland.
In New Glasgow, N.S., on Thursday night, Chamberland made 41 saves and was named the game’s third star in the Caps’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
In Summerside on Saturday night, Chamberland was the hard-luck loser in a 3-2 setback to the Dieppe Commandos. A goal by league-leading scorer Thierry Comtois with six seconds remaining prevented the Caps from earning at least another point.
Chamberland made 38 saves against Dieppe, and was selected as the game’s third star.
In Summerside on Sunday afternoon, Chamberland was the goaltender of record for the Caps in a 4-3 victory over his former team, the Woodstock Slammers.
Chamberland’s 29-save effort helped the Caps vault over the Campbellton Tigers into fourth place in the Roger Meek Division.
Chamberland sports an impressive 2.88 goals-against average (GAA) and .917 save percentage since being acquired from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Abitibi Eskimos on Oct. 8.
As for his thoughts on the Caps, Chamberland acknowledged the team is young and hard working.
The Capitals take a 4-10-1 record into Saturday’s road game against the Truro Bearcats. The Caps return home to take on the Campbellton Tigers at Eastlink Arena on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.
The Caps currently hold a two-point lead over the Tigers for fourth place in the five-team Roger Meek Division.
“It’s (Sunday) the kind of game we have to win, and we look forward to it,” said Chamberland.