SUMMERSIDE – Chris Chaddock made an immediate impact for the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals on Saturday night.
The former forward with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had a goal and an assist in his Caps’ debut – a 4-2 victory over the Campbellton Tigers.
It was an important win for the Capitals, who took over sole possession of second place in the Eastlink North Division of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). The Caps improved to 16-11-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), and moved one point past the Tigers (15-12-2-0) and Miramichi Timberwolves (14-10-2-2).
MacArthur earns two points
Before 1,185 fans at Eastlink Arena, Caps forward Brodie MacArthur also had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 14 games. Josh MacDonald and TJ Shea, who now has a 22-game point streak, also lit the lamp for the Caps. Brodie MacMillan (2), Kallum Muirhead, Thomas Harper and Jordan Spence were credited with helpers in a game that was not decided until the final minute.
The Caps held period leads of 1-0 and 3-1, but the Tigers closed to with 3-2 just past the halfway mark of the third period. It remained a one-goal game until MacArthur sealed the win with an empty-net goal with just 11 seconds left.
Drew Toner and Luc Arsenault countered for the Tigers. Pierre-Luc Lurette, Jonathan Coffee and Nick Deagle of Souris set up the Campbellton goals.
Rett Rook earned the goaltending win over Tristan Gray.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Chris Chaddock (Caps), 2. Brodie MacArthur (Caps), 3. Pierre-Luc Lurette (Tigers).
The Caps are back in action on Monday as the Amherst Ramblers (12-4-4-5) visit Eastlink Arena for a New Year’s Day matinee at 2 p.m.