ST. STEPHEN, N.B. – Cameron Roberts and Brodie MacArthur held the hot hands for the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals on Saturday night.
Roberts, who is from Kensington, scored a hat trick while MacArthur, a Summerside native in his second season with the Caps, contributed four points – a goal and three assists – in a 7-1 road win over the St. Stephen Aces in MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) play.
The Caps, who sit second in the Eastlink North Division at 23-13-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), host the Aces in a make-up game at Eastlink Arena on Tuesday, and the Miramichi Timberwolves (19-11-2-3) visit Summerside on Thursday. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.
Before 696 fans at the Garcelon Civic Centre, Chris Chaddock, Austin Taylor and Josh MacDonald also lit the lamp for the Capitals. TJ Shea (2), Jesse Annear, Zach Thususka, Jordan Spence and Morgan MacDonald chipped in with assists.
Matt Berrigan netted the lone goal for the Aces (9-26-0-1).
Alex Bishop made 31 saves in recording the goaltending win, and the Caps outshot the Aces 46-32. Jack Grant was between the pipes for St. Stephen.
Shea extended his point-scoring streak to 31 games, and MacArthur has now recorded at least a point in 23 straight games. Shea leads the 12-team MHL with 88 points – 34 goals and 54 assists – while MacArthur is second with 61 points on the strength of 22 goals and 39 assists.
Roberts, who is still eligible to be playing midget hockey, upped his point total to 31 – 15 goals and 16 assists – in 37 games.
Shea, MacArthur and Roberts, who play on the same line and combined for nine points against the Aces, are all products of the Kyle Dunn-coached Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild major midget program.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Cameron Roberts (Caps), 2. Brodie MacArthur (Caps), 3. Matt Berrigan (Aces).