Will play five road games before home opener Oct. 5
SUMMERSIDE – Fans of the Summerside Western Capitals will have to wait a little longer than usual to watch regular-season hockey this season.
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Summerside Western Capitals head coach Tim Schurman, seated centre, talks to his players during a timeout in a MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) game at Eastlink Arena last season. Assistant coaches Thomas Waugh, left, and Nathan DesRoches listen in.
The Capitals will open the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) campaign with five road games before hosting the Amherst Ramblers in their home opener on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.
“When the original schedule came out we had three home games before Oct. 5, but due to some scheduling conflicts at Credit Union Place we had to move them,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver.
The Capitals will visit the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in one of two games on opening night on Sept. 11. The Caps will also visit Woodstock, Bridgewater, Yarmouth and St. Stephen before opening at home.
“Hopefully, we will get off to a decent start, create some buzz around the team and have a big crowd for our home opener,” said McIver.
24 home games
Overall, the Capitals will play 24 home games at Eastlink Arena, including 14 on Sundays. The Caps will close out the regular season hosting division rival Miramichi on March 8, 2015.
“It’s a pretty good schedule for us to be honest,” said McIver. “I think we only have the one three (games) in three (days), and we play on a lot of the nights we requested. We don’t have a whole lot of overnighters.
“One reason we couldn’t play (at home) in September is they have us booked into Yarmouth, and it’s our only trip to Yarmouth this season. We are happy to get that one (trip) out of the way when the roads are good.”
The Caps have scheduled a pair of back-to-back home games around holidays.
The Caps will host Yarmouth on Remembrance Day (Tuesday, Nov. 11) at 4 p.m., and will play a rare Monday night home game on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., with the Campbellton Tigers providing the opposition.
“We figured we would try to play the night before days that are generally holidays for most people and see how it goes,” said McIver.
The Woodstock Slammers visit on Sunday, Feb. 15, and Miramichi is the scheduled opponent on Islander Day (Monday, Feb. 16). Both of those games are 2 p.m. starts.
The Caps are not scheduled to host games on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
The Capitals will open training camp at Credit Union Place on Aug. 25. The Caps will open the pre-season at home against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Caps will also host Amherst on Sunday, Sept. 7.
A breakdown of home games for Summerside Western Capitals:
Sunday – 14 games.
Monday – 2 games.
Tuesday – 1 game.
Wednesday – 1 game.
Thursday – 1 game.
Friday – 0 games.
Saturdays – 5 games.