Woodstock extends lead in Roger Meek Division
WOODSTOCK, N.B. – The third period was the story of Friday night’s game between the Woodstock Slammers and Summerside Western Capitals.
Summerside Western Capitals
The Slammers scored four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to double the Capitals 6-3.
It was a crucial win for the Slammers, who opened up a six-point lead over the Capitals in the Roger Meek Division of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). Woodstock improved to 12-13-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) while the Caps fell to 9-12-1-1.
It was the first of two weekend divisional games for the Capitals, who host the Campbellton Tigers (5-19-1-1) at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Before 815 fans at the Carleton Civic Centre, the Slammers led 1-0 after one period, increased that lead to 2-0 in the middle frame and the Caps answered back with three straight goals for a 3-2 advantage after 40 minutes.
Brett MacLean’s power-play goal at 1:07 of the third period started the Slammers’ rally, and Jake Wright’s second of three goals at 1:56 gave Woodstock the lead for good.
MacLean, with his first of two goals on the night, and Riley Craft had the other tallies for the Slammers. Wright also added an assist for a four-point night.
Malik Johnson (1-1), Thomas Stavert (1-1) and Brad Power replied for the Capitals. Harrison Wood, Joey Colatarci and Maxim Pitre drew single assists.
Tyler Snow earned the goaltending decision over Simon-Pier Chamberland. Overall, the Caps held a slim 33-32 shots-on-goal advantage. The Caps outshot the Slammers 28-17 through the first two periods, but Woodstock held a 15-5 cushion in the third period.
The game marked the debut of forward Blake Millman with the Caps. Millman, who is from Alberton, was held pointless and picked up a 10-minute misconduct in the second period. He was acquired in a trade with the Amherst Ramblers last week.
The Slammers were assessed five of the game’s nine minor penalties.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Jake Wright (Slammers), 2. Brett MacLean (Slammers), 3. Thomas Stavert (Capitals).