Caps get back on winning track vs. Bridgewater

Jason Simmonds
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Remain on the road to face Yarmouth on Saturday

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The Summerside Western Capitals got back on the winning track Friday night.

Summerside Western Capitals goaltender Alex Kelly of Kensington turned in a 24-save effort in Friday night’s 4-2 road win over the Bridgewater Lumberjacks in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

Two nights after opening a four-game road trip with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves, the Capitals earned a 4-2 decision over the Bridgewater Lumberjacks.

The Capitals improved to 12-18-2-2 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), and opened up an eight-point lead over the Campbellton Tigers (9-25-1-1) for the final playoff berth in the Roger Meek Division. Campbellton lost 5-1 to the Meek Division-leading Dieppe Commandos (23-7-2-2) on Friday night.

Rookies lead way

Before 300 fans at the Lunenburg County Life Style Centre, rookie Brad Power had a goal and an assist while freshman goaltender Alex Kelly turned in a 24-save effort, including 15 in the third period, to spark the Capitals.

Jordan Buchanan, Alex Bradley and Blake Millman also scored for the Capitals. Bradley’s goal at 15:38 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie, and Milligan sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 18:54. It was Milligan’s first point as a Capital since he was acquired from the Amherst Ramblers. Thomas Stavert, Cavan Fitzgerald and Malik Johnson chipped in with assists.

Campbell Pickard scored both goals for Bridgewater (2-30-3-2). Patrick Byrne, Matt Wright and Brennan Bailey collected helpers.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, and the Caps led 2-1 following 40 minutes.

The Capitals fired 36 shots at Bridgewater goaltender Jeff Arkin.

The Capitals were assessed five of the nine minor penalties.

Three stars

The game’s three stars were:

1. Brad Power (Capitals), 2. Campbell Pickard (Lumberjacks), 3. Alex Bradley (Capitals).

The Capitals will remain in Nova Scotia and visit the Yarmouth Mariners on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Caps’ next home game is against the Woodstock Slammers on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.

Organizations: Capitals, Campbellton Tigers, Lunenburg County Life Style Centre

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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