S’side native nets hat trick in Caps’ win
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – It was the ‘Blaize Bridges Show’ at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre on Friday night.
Summerside Western Capitals
Bridges scored three goals in leading his hometown Summerside Western Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Campbellton Tigers in MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) action.
The win opened up a 12-point lead for the Capitals over the Tigers (9-26-1-1) for the final playoff berth in the Roger Meek Division. The Caps also closed to within five points of the third-place Woodstock Slammers (17-16-2-1) in the process. Woodstock visits the Caps at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Before 627 fans at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre, rookie Alex Bradley and affiliated player Kyle Doucette, who plays for the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers of the Island Junior Hockey League, also scored for the Capitals, who have won three straight games and earned at least a point in five of their last six contests.
The game also marked the end of a four-game road trip for the Capitals, who went 3-0-0-1 and earned seven of a possible eight points.
Thomas Stavert (2), Cavan Fitzgerald, Isaac Jay, David Sweet and Lucas Blomquist added assists for the Caps, who received 31 saves from rookie goaltender Alex Kelly.
Joey Bernard netted both goals for the Tigers, who have not won since Dec. 20.
The Caps built period leads of 1-0 and 4-1.
Each team recorded 33 shots. Ian Delange was the losing goaltender.
The game featured a melee at 12:26 of the third period. A total of 109 minutes in penalties were assessed, including six game misconducts. Capitals received game misconducts were Chad Jones, Maxim Pitre and Joey Colatarci.