Teddy Bear Toss to be held during last game of 2013
SUMMERSIDE — The Summerside Western Capitals are preparing to ring in 2014 with, hopefully, a win as they are set to host the Miramichi Timberwolves on New Year’s Eve at Eastlink Arena.
© Photo courtesy Ronnie Mackenzie
Simon Peir-Chamberland is shown here in recent action kicking aside a shot from the opposing team. Since the aquisition of the veterna goaltender Chamberland has been a workhorse for the Caps seeing action in 18 out of the 20 games since he arrived.
The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Credit Union Place will be a beehive of activity with the city hosting its usual celebrations and, thanks to a sponsorship with Consolidated Credit Union, children under the age of 12 will be permitted to attend the Caps game free while every other ticket is being discounted to $7.
Danny Perry, the team’s vice-president of marketing, explains the team’s relationship with the financial institution.
“We have been talking with them since the first of the year to find a good fit for us and them for a sponsorship opportunity and, as soon as we brought up this idea, they were on board right away,” says Perry. “We are very fortunate to have the support of many great businesses in Prince County and we couldn't be happier to have the Consolidated Credit Union on board for this event.”
After a slow start to the season, the defending Kent Cup champions had a combined record of 6-8-2 in the months of September and October compared to a 7-5-1 record in November and December.
So far this season, the Timberwolves and Capitals have met three times.
After losing the first two matchups and being outscored 12-5, the Caps rebounded in the third meeting scoring a 5-4 shoot-out win at home.
“We are expecting a very big crowd for the game and, remembering that the last time Miramichi was here it was no doubt one of the most entertaining games of the season so far, it should be a great night,” explains GM Pat McIver, who adds that the win won’t come easy. “Since that loss Miramichi has been one of the hottest teams in the league winning their last ten games heading into the Christmas break.”
With nine players on their roster with major junior experience, the Timberwolves have become a real threat in the Maritime Hockey League. They are second in the Meek Division, only one point behind the Dieppe Commandos, and are among the league leaders in goals for, goals against and in the penalty kill.
The Western Capitals have also rescheduled their Second Annual Teddy Bear Toss for the New Years Eve spectacle. Customized Western Capitals Bears will be on sale at the game and fans are encouraged to bring their own and toss them onto the ice when the Caps get their first goal of the game.
Cornwall Native Logan Smallman has racked up 86 penalty minutes for the Timberwolves along with six points in 23 games.
The Caps are the least penalized team in the Meek Division averaging over 19 minutes a game, third in the whole league.
Jordan Buchanan is getting close getting into the lineup after not playing since an injury in November. The Summerside native skated for the first time since the injury over the break. Buchanan was named captain after the trade of Co-Captains J.P. Harvey and Mike Crocock.
The Timberwolves have outshot the Caps 125-85 so far in their three meetings.
First Half Season Stats:
The Western Capitals rank third in the MHL for power play conversions at 22.4 per cent.
The Western Capitals rank last in the MHL in Penalty Kill with a 71.1 per cent kill rate.
In their opening 11 games the starting goalie was pulled in five of them. Since the acquisition of veteran goaltender Simon Pier-Chamberland, the Caps have gone 9-11. Chamberland has started 17 of those games posting a 3.53 goal against average.
Best Periods for Caps:
The middle frame seems to be the best for the Caps. They have scored 36 out of their 89 total goals in the second while only giving up an average of one goal in the second period.
Worst Period for the Caps:
The third period statistically continues to plague the Caps. They average less than one goal per game in the third while giving up close to two goals per game in the third. However, the Caps allow the least amount of shots on net in the third period averaging 10.
In September and October the Caps had a record of 4-11, compared to November and December where they compiled a winning record of 7-5-1.
Due to winter Storms the Caps are tied for last in the MHL for Games played with 27. Bridgewater has the most games played with 33.
Being outshot a good thing?
In November when the Caps gained points in six straight games they were outshot in every game but one.
Caps 3 Stars:
Blaize Bridges, Thomas Stavert and Goaltender Simon Pier-Chamberland lead the team in three star selections in five each.