Visit Amherst on Saturday; host Dieppe on Sunday
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals face what head coach Tim Schurman calls a “good test” in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) this weekend.
The Capitals, who are off to a 1-1-0-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) start in the regular season, visit the Amherst Stadium to take on the hometown Ramblers on Saturday at 7 p.m., and return home to host the Dieppe Commandos at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“Amherst is always a tough building to play in,” said Schurman, a former Rambler. “It’s going to be good for our young kids to get over there and experience that kind of atmosphere.
“They (Ramblers) are always a tough team, and they play especially hard in their home rink. They are off to a slow start, so I’m looking for them to come out with their best.”
The Jim Bottomley-coached Ramblers have only one win in their first five games, and the Commandos go into Saturday’s home contest against the Yarmouth Mariners at 2-1-1-0.
“Every time we have played Dieppe the last few years, including the pre-season, it is usually a close game,” said Schurman. “Both teams are familiar with each other. . . We’ll be looking to put on a good performance for our hometown fans on Sunday.
“They (Commandos) are coming off a big win against Miramichi last night (Thursday), so they are going to want to keep things on the up and up.”
Play own game
Schurman said the team’s coaching staff is looking for the Caps to play their own game, and not allow the opposition to dictate how the game is played.
“Our guys are starting to realize that for us to be successful we have to play our style of hockey, which is up and down, making sure pucks get deep and getting pucks out of our zone,” explained Schurman. “We are starting to realize that, and as guys become more committed to that and playing the way we (coaches) are preaching to them, the more success we are going to have.
“Every time we have played Dieppe the last few years, including the pre-season, it is usually a close game. Both teams are familiar with each other. . . We’ll be looking to put on a good performance for our hometown fans on Sunday. They (Commandos) are coming off a big win against Miramichi last night (Thursday), so they are going to want to keep things on the up and up.” Capitals head coach Tim Schurman
“We’re looking forward to this weekend and seeing how everything we worked on during practice this week pays off for us.”
Schurman confirmed the Caps made two roster moves this week.
Forward Drew Wilcox has decided to return home to Cape Breton while the Caps acquired defenceman Joey Colatarci from Salmon Arm of the British Columbia Hockey League. Colatarci, who is from Fort Myers, Fla., will make his Capitals’ debut this weekend.
“We are looking forward to see what Joey brings to the table,” said Schurman. “He has a couple of years junior down in Florida under his belt.
“We are looking for him to hopefully come in and stabilize the D a little bit. We have a lot of first-year junior guys back there, and we’re hoping he helps out quite a bit.”
Wilcox’s departure leaves the Capitals with 13 forwards.
“At this time it just wasn’t for him (Wilcox),” said Schurman. “He was looking to pursue school on a full-time basis at home.”