Caps close out home schedule on winning note

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Stavert extends point streak to 12 games

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals closed out the home portion of their regular-season schedule on a winning note Sunday afternoon.

Summerside Western Capitals

The Capitals doubled the Valley Wildcats 4-2 to salvage a weekend split in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). The Caps dropped a 5-2 road decision to the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday night.

The Capitals, who are 22-23-2-3 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), close out the regular season with road games against the Dieppe Commandos on Thursday and Campbellton Tigers on Friday.

The Caps will face the Miramichi Timberwolves in the best-of-seven Roger Meek Division semifinal series. Although no playoff dates have been released, that series will likely start on Saturday, March 15, in Miramichi.

 

Capitals 4 Wildcats 2

Before 840 fans at Eastlink Arena, it didn’t take Capitals forward Thomas Stavert long to extend his point streak to 12 games.

Stavert, who has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points during his streak, opened the scoring 5:45 into the contest, and also added an assist for a two-point afternoon.

Brad Power also had a goal and an assist while Alex Bradley and Lucas Blomquist also lit the lamp. Malik Johnson (2), Maxim Pitre (2), Cavan Fitzgerald and Blaize Bridges added helpers.

Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud of St. Peter’s and Mike Molloy replied for the Wildcats (19-26-4-1).

The Capitals, who never trailed in the game, held period leads of 2-1 and 4-2.

Winning goaltender was Simon-Pier Chamberland, and Bobby Palzer took the loss. The final shots-on-goal totals were 44-28 in favour of the Caps, including period advantages of 22-11, 13-9 and 10-9.

Referees Jeff Heron and TJ Courtney called five minors and one fighting major against the Wildcats. The Caps picked up three minors and one fighting major.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Thomas Stavert (Capitals), 2. Brad Power (Capitals), 3. Malik Johnson (Capitals).

Olympic gold-medallist Heather Moyse was a guest of the Capitals and dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.

 

Ramblers 5 Capitals 2

Before 698 fans at the Amherst Stadium, the Ramblers scored three goals in the final six minutes of the third period.

The Ramblers’ Robert Davis broke a 2-2 tie at 14:06, and that goal stood up as the game-winner. Ryan Caswell made it 4-2 at 18:01, and Brett Shute added an empty-net goal at 18:32.

Caswell and former Capital Brock Morrison had given Amherst a 2-0 lead 7:08 into the game.

Power got the Caps on the board before the first intermission, and Stavert netted the lone goal of the second period to make it 2-2.

Overall, the Ramblers outshot the Capitals 46-25. Winning goaltender was Richard Tingley and Alex Kelly tended goal for the Capitals.

Referees Todd Thomander and Corey Hayne called two minor penalties against each team.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Richard Tingley (Ramblers), 2. Robert Davis (Ramblers), 3. Alex Kelly (Capitals).

 

 

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Wildcats

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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