Caps win third straight

Jason Simmonds
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Go for fourth win in five days at home Sunday

MEMRAMCOOK, N.B. – It’s been a good week so far for the Summerside Western Capitals.

Summerside Western Capitals

The Capitals won their third game in four days on Saturday night, pulling out a wild 7-6 shootout win over the Dieppe Commandos. The Commandos hosted the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game in Memramcook.

The Capitals, who are 17-20-2-3 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) and have clinched a playoff berth, will close out a stretch of four games in five days at home on Sunday afternoon against the Roger Meek Division-leading Miramichi Timberwolves (21-9-0-3). The opening faceoff at Eastlink Arena is set for 2 p.m.

The Caps started the busy week with a 3-1 road win over the Campbellton Tigers on Wednesday night, and rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to defeat the visiting Valley Wildcats 4-3 in overtime on Friday night.

 

Shootout

Blaize Bridges and Alex Bradley scored the only two goals of the shootout while the Commandos’ Colton Parsons and Ryan Langan were unable to beat Capitals goaltender Alex Kelly. Thomas Stavert had the Capitals’ other shot.

The Capitals led 2-1 after the first period, but four unanswered goals in the first 9:21 of the second period gave the Commandos a 5-2 lead. The Caps answered back with two late goals to make it 5-4 after 40 minutes.

The Caps scored the first two goals of the third period to retake the lead, 6-5, but Dieppe tied the game with 2:48 remaining in regulation time.

Joey Colatarci (2), Bridges (1-1), Maxim Pitre (1-1), Curtis McGregor and Blake Millman scored in regulation time for the Capitals. Stavert, Bradley, Cavan Fitzgerald, Malik Johnson and Mitch Henneberry drew assists.

Joel Blanchard (3-1), Parsons (1-3), Langan (1-2) and Thierry Comtois answered for the Commandos. Alex Clark, Cody Drover, Matt Bernier, Justin McDonald and Andrew Meredith assisted.

Overall, each team recorded 31 shots on goal. Vincent Charest was in goal for Dieppe.

Referee James Trenholm called seven minors and one fighting major against the Commandos while the Caps picked up four minors, one fighting major, one hitting-to-the-head major, one 10-minute misconduct and one game misconduct.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Joel Blanchard (Commandos), 2. Colton Parsons (Commandos), 3. Joey Colatarci (Capitals).

 

 

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

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