With home-ice win over Yarmouth
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals snapped a modest two-game losing streak on Friday night.
Summerside Western Capitals
The Capitals, behind a 40-save performance from goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland, defeated the Yarmouth Mariners 5-2.
The two MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) teams will be back at Eastlink Arena on Saturday to conclude the two-game weekend series. Game time is 7 p.m.
The win improved the Caps’ record to 10-14-1-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) while the Mariners fell to 18-9-1-0.
The game was played before one of the Caps’ smallest announced crowds in a number of years – 306 fans – on a wintery night.
Rookie Brad Power and Thomas Stavert each scored twice to lead the Caps. Zen Hamil also scored while Cavan Fitzgerald (2), Malik Johnson (2), Mitch Henneberry, Joey Colatarci, Blaize Bridges and Alex Bradley earned assists.
Kyle Campbell (1-1) and Zack Henry replied for the Mariners, who received two assists from Colin Campbell.
Power scored at 12:20 and 16:53 to send the Caps into the first intermission in front 2-0. Chamberland was the story of the second period as the Mariners outshot the Caps 21-7, but could only score one goal and the Caps took a 3-1 cushion into the second intermission.
Campbell (2:33) and Stavert (15:38) exchanged power-play goals in the middle frame.
Henry brought the Mariners to within one goal 1:23 into the third period, and the score remained 3-2 until just over three minutes remaining. Hamil (16:52) and Stavert (18:52), with an empty-net goal, put the game out of reach.
Overall, the Capitals fired 32 shots at Yarmouth goaltender Anderson Snair. It is expected that Summerside native Chase Gaudet will get the call in goal for the Mariners on Saturday.
Referee Mike Annear called nine minor penalties against the Capitals. The Mariners received eight minors and one checking-from-behind game misconduct.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Brad Power (Caps), 2. Colin Campbell (Mariners), 3. Simon-Pier Chamberland (Caps).