Caps play two key division games

Jason Simmonds
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That will have huge impact on standings

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals are facing a very important weekend in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

Summerside Western Capitals

The Capitals visit the Campbellton Tigers on Friday night, and host the Woodstock Slammers at Eastlink Arena on Sunday. The Tigers and Slammers are on each side of the Capitals in the Roger Meek Division standings.

“We are going to do everything we can to make sure they are prepared for Friday’s and Sunday’s games,” said Capitals head coach Tim Schurman. “They are two big inter-divisional games. We understand what the importance is of those games.”

The Capitals currently hold down the final playoff position in fourth place at 13-18-2-2 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses). They are 10 points ahead of the Tigers (9-25-1-1), who desperately need to defeat the Caps to remain within striking distance of the playoffs.

The Slammers (17-16-2-1), meanwhile, go into weekend action in third place, seven points ahead of the Capitals, who hold a game-in-hand and will be looking to close that gap.

“Your goal is to get as many points as you can,” said Schurman. “If we can catch Woodstock that’s great.

“Our goal is try and keep playing consistent hockey. We know if we can do that we will get points. That is basically all we’re looking for, and where we finish is where we finish.”

Roster

The Capitals will be without three regulars this weekend.

“Your goal is to get as many points as you can. If we can catch Woodstock that’s great. Our goal is try and keep playing consistent hockey. We know if we can do that we will get points. That is basically all we’re looking for, and where we finish is where we finish.” Capitals head coach Tim Schurman

Rookie forward Brad Power, who is second in team scoring with 34 points, including 18 goals, in 35 regular-season games, is expected to miss four weeks of action with a broken jaw. Power was injured when he was struck in the face with a puck in Yarmouth, N.S., on Saturday night, and underwent surgery on Sunday.

Forward Malik Johnson has been recalled by the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for this weekend’s road trip to Quebec. Johnson has 22 points, including 10 goals, in 26 regular-season games.

Capitals goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland, who was injured in Miramichi on Jan. 15, will also miss both games this weekend. Rookie Alex Kelly of Kensington will continue to carry the workload in goal. Kelly backstopped the Caps to five of a possible six points on the road last week.

Capitals general manager Pat McIver confirmed the Caps have called up Sam Jay of Freetown for Sunday’s game. Jay plays with the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League. Jay is unavailable on Friday as the Wild hosts the Miramichi Rivermen at Community Gardens at 7:30.

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Organizations: Capitals, Campbellton Tigers, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Quebec, Miramichi Kensington Freetown New Brunswick Community Gardens

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