Miramichi Timberwolves 9 vs. Summerside Western Capitals 6
The Miramichi Timberwolves bared thier fangs from the first moments on home ice against the Summerside Western Capital, Wednesday night, and clamped down a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Roger Meek divison semi-final series in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
The Timberwolves started their hunt at 4:22 of the first, when Eric Walker got past Capitals goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland, assisted by Cole MacDonald and Brett Malone.
Less than two minutes later, at 6:07, Justin O'Reilly and Alex Scully assisted Tyler Brown in widening the gap to 2-0.
The Timberwolves then caught their breath for a bit, before Rankyn Campbell scored at 12:45, from Bryce Milson and Cole MacDonald on a power play resulting from a hooking call on Malik Johnson of the Capitals..
At 16:58, Jordan Kennedy, closed out first period scoring, assisted by Milson, giving the Timberwolves a 4-0 lead.
That was also the end of Chamberland for the game, as the Capitals placed Alex Kelly to try to stem the tide.
The Timberwolves came out with an even more aggressive attitude in the second, but Summerside capitalized on it when Isaac Jay scored a power play goal at 2:54, assisted by Blaize Bridges and Cavan Fitzgerald. Joey Colatarci assisted Fitzgerald in adding another power play marker at 4:28.
Alex Bradley was later assisted by Lucas Blomquist at 6:37, bringing the Capitals to within one goal, before Eric Walker, with Jordan Kennedy and Brett Malone eased the pressure with a power play goal for the Timberwolves at 8:38.
At 13:16, Walker scored again on a power play, this time with Kent Small and Malone, to return some padding to the Timberwolves' lead.
Things calmed a bit in the third, but the Timberwolves regained their four goal lead, with the eventual winner at 6:40, thanks to Rankyn Campbell, from Milson and MacDonald.
The Capitals weren't done, however, clawing back thanks to Brad Power, from Bradley and Fitzgerald at 12:33; Joey Colatarci from Bridges and Thomas Stavert at 14:41; and Maxime Pitre from Colatarci and Bridges at 15:33.
With just one goal separating the teams, the Timberwolves sealed the game with Harrison Harper scoring unassisted at 16:16. Eric Walker scored his fourth of the game into the empty net at 18:22 to finish off 9-6 victory.
The Timberwolves tallied three minor penalties in the first period, while the Capitals counted one minor and one 10-minute misconduct. In the second period, the Timberwolves registered four minors and three 10-minute misconducts, two of them for blows to the head. The Capitals were assessed four minors. The Captials were penalized the heaviest in the third, with three minors and one 10-minute misconduct for a blow to the head, while the Timberwolves suffered two minors.
Shots on goal were 5-11-13 for the Capitals, compared to 14-12-9 for the Timberwolves. Clint Windsor guarded the win for Miramichi. The Capitals were 2 for 9 on the power play, while the Timberwolves were 50 per cent at 4 for 8.
First star of the game was Miramichi's Eric Walker, joined by second star Brett Malone, with Capitals' Joey Colatarci taking the third spot.
Referees were Jeff Silliker and Moe Leblanc. Linesmen were Mac Skinner and Nick Melanson. Attendance was 812.
The result gives the Timberwolves a commanding lead as they head for the EastLink Arena at Credit Union Place on Friday night, March 21. Game time is 7:00 p.m.