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.
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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.