SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in an Islander Day matchup Monday afternoon.
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The Summerside Western Capitals’ Cavan Fitzgerald, 5, and David Sweet, 27, defend
against David Stephens, 67, of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Crushers edged the Capitals 3-2 in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game in Summerside on Monday afternoon.
It was a special day for the Capitals, who held a ring ceremony before the game recognizing members of the 2012-13 MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) champions. A number of last year’s players and team staff participated.
The 913 fans at Eastlink Arena were treated to the Caps’ fourth straight one-goal game. This one was close throughout as the Caps tied the game 1-1 and 2-2 before Mitchell Deruelle’s second goal of the game at 16:22 of the second period gave the Crushers a 3-2 lead.
Nick Parker opened the scoring for the Crushers at 16:31 of the first period. Former Capital JP Harvey added two assists for the Crushers, who led 1-0 after the first period and improved to 30-10-0-5 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).
Joey Colatarci and Blaize Bridges countered for the Capitals (18-21-2-3).
Capitals head coach Tim Schurman said his team picked up its play in the final two periods after a slow first period.
“We were hanging around and not able to tie it up,” said Schurman.
Overall, the Capitals outshot the Crushers 30-29. Brandon Thibeau earned the goaltending win while Simon-Pier Chamberland took the loss.
Referees Mike Annear and Thane Arsenault called four minors against each team.
A special message from Summerside native Heather Moyse, thanking Islanders and residents of Summerside for their support, was played on the big screens during the first half of the game.
Moyse and Kaillie Humphries are looking to become the first repeat gold-medal winners in two-woman bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics. Moyse and Humphries begin competition on Tuesday.
Right back at it
The Capitals are right back in action on Tuesday, hosting the Woodstock Slammers in a make-up game that was postponed on Sunday due to the weather. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m.