Abbies at Capitals in a Halloween match
SUMMERSIDE – It will be a clash of two undefeated teams in the P.E.I. Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League on Thursday night.
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The Summerside Capitals celebrate a goal against the Mid-Isle Matrix in the P.E.I. Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League opener in Kensington on Oct. 15.
The Charlottetown Abbies will visit the Summerside Capitals at Eastlink Arena, with the puck drop scheduled for 7:30.
The Abbies, who are coming off a 6-1 win over Pownal on Sunday, bring a 3-0-1 (won-lost-tied) record into the game. The Capitals are 4-0-0, and are coming off a 5-4 road win over the Western Maroons on Friday night.
“We are off to a good start, however we need to ensure we are more consistent for 45 minutes,” assessed Capitals head coach Todd Richard. “We have been very fortunate to have all three lines scoring thus far, and we are looking for that to continue versus the Abbies and going forward.”
Abbies coach Cory Gaudet is anticipating a tough game.
“I expect Summerside to come out hard and try to dictate the play early,” said Gaudet. “They are a good puck-moving team, so they will get their chances.”
The Abbies are expected to start goaltender Ava Boutilier, who has a 1.61 goals-against average (GAA), and are looking to Chris McQuaid and Kallum Muirhead to continue providing strong play on defence.
Up front, the Abbies are looking to Andrew Campbell and Ryan May to continue scoring big goals.
“We are playing good hockey right now, we have strong defence and our forecheck is good,” said Gaudet. “Everyone is working, which helps everything.”
Gaudet is aware a stiff test awaits his team in Summerside.
“They (Capitals) have a good young group with Evan Gallant and Noah Dobson playing great, and Taylor Read and Brodie MacArthur are dangerous at any time.”
The Capitals will start Evan Richard, who has a 1.00 GAA, between the pipes, and know they will be in tough against Charlottetown.
“The Abbies will be very well coached,” said Coach Richard. “With a bigger team than most, we anticipate them being physical.”