Caps play important road game Wednesday

Jason Simmonds
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Look to widen gap over Tigers

SUMMERSIDE – It’s certainly not a must-win situation for the Summerside Western Capitals and Campbellton Tigers, but a regulation-time win by either team would be huge.

Defenceman Brett Doiron of St. Ann’s made his home debut for the Summerside Western Capitals on Sunday afternoon. Doiron was recently acquired in a trade with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

The two teams meet in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre in MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) action on Wednesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers moved closer to the Caps and the final playoff berth in the Roger Meek Division with a 5-3 win at Eastlink Arena in Summerside on Sunday afternoon. The victory pulled the Tigers to within six points of the Caps, and makes the rematch that much more significant.

A regulation-time win for the Capitals will open up an eight-point lead and some breathing room. However, the Tigers can close to within four points with a win in regulation time. The Caps do hold three games-in-hand.

The Caps take a 9-13-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) record into game. The Tigers are 6-19-1-1.

Capitals head coach Tim Schurman said the Caps will be looking to build off a strong third period in Sunday’s game. The Caps trailed 4-1 after two periods, but closed to within 4-3 with 2:39 remaining before the Tigers sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

“Hopefully, our guys recognize that we played a very solid third period. We had a lot of possession, we had a lot of changes, the puck was around the net quite a bit, we got a couple of goals and were inches from scoring the tying goal before they got the empty-netter. That’s hockey.” Capitals head coach Tim Schurman

“Hopefully, our guys recognize that we played a very solid third period,” said Capitals head coach Tim Schurman after Sunday’s game. “We had a lot of possession, we had a lot of changes, the puck was around the net quite a bit, we got a couple of goals and were inches from scoring the tying goal before they got the empty-netter. That’s hockey.”

The Capitals, who will be making their first trip to Campbellton of the 2013-14 regular season, lead the season series with the Tigers 2-1. The Caps won 6-1 on Oct. 6, and 6-2 on Nov. 3.

The Capitals’ next game after Wednesday is at home against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.

 

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Organizations: Tigers 2, Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Summerside, Campbellton

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