Big week for Caps' Stavert

Jason Simmonds
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Forward registered eight points in four MHL games

SUMMERSIDE – It was a memorable week for Thomas Stavert.

Thomas Stavert of the Summerside Western Capitals was selected as the first star of the week in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).

The Summerside Western Capitals’ sophomore forward from Kensington was named the MHL’s (Maritime Junior Hockey League) first star of the week. All Stavert did to earn the honour was average two points a game – six goals and two assists – to help the Caps to a perfect 4-0 (won-lost) showing, which included three come-from-behind victories, over a five-day period.

“We knew it was going to be a tough week,” said Stavert in an interview with the Journal Pioneer on Tuesday afternoon. “We battled hard in practice, and knew the games were going to be tough.”

As for his own play, Stavert commented: “I got away from shooting the puck like I did at the first of the year, and I got back to that last week. A lot of more offence comes when I shoot the puck and get pucks to the net. That really was a big factor.”

Stavert has moved into the team lead in scoring with 43 points, including 26 goals, in 43 games. He admits his role with the team has changed from his rookie season.

“Last year, there were lots of guys with skill who could score goals,” added Stavert, 18. “Last year, I was more of a fourth-line guy, and I’m relied on more to score goals this year. . . I want to lead the team the best I can.”

The five-foot-10 and 175-pound Stavert was quick to deflect praise to his linemates, Blaize Bridges and Maxim Pitre.

“I have to give lots of credit to my linemates,” said Stavert. “Ever since we’ve been placed on the same line we’ve been building chemistry together.”

Big week

Stavert’s big week started in a 3-1 road win over the Campbellton Tigers on Wednesday, Feb. 5. He scored two goals, including the winner, and was named the first star.

“Last year, there were lots of guys with skill who could score goals. Last year, I was more of a fourth-line guy, and I’m relied on more to score goals this year. . . I want to lead the team the best I can.” Western Capitals forward Thomas Stavert

In Summerside on Friday night, Stavert scored a natural hat trick to lead the Caps to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Valley Wildcats in overtime. With the Caps trailing 3-1 with just under seven minutes remaining, Stavert scored at 13:52 and 19:53 to force overtime. Stavert then scored the winner 44 seconds into overtime.

Again, Stavert was named the game’s first star.

Stavert collected two assists as the Caps overcame a 5-2 deficit in the second period to pull out a 7-6 shootout win over the Dieppe Commandos in Memramcook, N.B., on Saturday, and he scored midway through the third period to give the Caps a 3-2 lead over the Miramichi Timberwolves at home on Sunday afternoon. The Caps, who trailed 2-0 early in the second period, won 4-3 in a shootout.

Home games

The Capitals are home for back-to-back games this long weekend. The Woodstock Slammers visit Eastlink Arena on Sunday, and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers provide the opposition for a make-up game on Islander Day (Monday, Feb. 17). Both games will start at 2 p.m.

“Woodstock and Pictou have been playing good as of late,” said Stavert. “We’ll have a good week of practice, and get ready for those two games.

“They are going to be pretty tough, but if we play the way we’ve been playing we should be all right.”

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Numbers

A look at Thomas Stavert’s regular-season statistics:

Games: 43

Goals: 26

Assists: 17

Points: 43

Power-play goals: 7

Penalty minutes: 14

Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, Journal Pioneer, Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Summerside Western, Kensington, Memramcook Pictou County

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