SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals are returning to what may seem like unfamiliar territory.
Their home arena.
The Capitals will play their first game at Eastlink Arena in 34 days on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pictou County Crushers will provide the opposition for what will be just the Caps’ second game in 20 days.
“You can almost compare it to a Christmas break,” said Capitals forward and team captain Morgan MacDonald. “We had that 11 days (off), and then had another nine days where we played only one game in between.”
Saturday will mark the first of four straight home games for the Caps over a 13-day period.
“It’s definitely going to be nice to get back on home ice, and play in front of home fans again,” added MacDonald.
McGuigan is “looking to get back to some sort of normality and normal schedule of playing games and practising.” However, the unusual lengthy break has allowed the Caps to get healthy as everyone but forward Kallum Muirhead will be available Saturday, noted McGuigan.
Forward Brodie MacArthur and defenceman Jesse Annear will be back with the Caps after playing for Team MHL at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup Challenge in Ontario earlier this week.
McGuigan would not tip his hand on who will get the start in goal. The acquisition of Dominic Tmej earlier this week leaves the Caps with three goaltenders.
“It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said McGuigan in addressing the move. “(Tmej) comes highly recommended by a number of guys in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“Most people feel he is going to be a really good junior A goalie. We are happy to get him. He fits our age group as a ’99, and could be good here for a couple of years.”
Western Capitals vs. Pictou County Crushers:
Caps – 7-8-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) overall and 3-2-0-0 at home.
Crushers – 7-10-1-0 overall, and 3-6-0-1 on the road.
Caps – TJ Shea, 30.
Crushers – Jacob Hickey, 18.
Caps – TJ Shea, 12.
Crushers – Jacob Hickey, 8.
Caps – TJ Shea, 18.
Crushers – Jacob Hickey, Michael Dill, tied with 10.
Caps – TJ Shea, 5.
Crushers – Jacob Hickey, 4.
Caps – TJ Shea, 2.
Crushers – team has scored no short-handed goals this season.
Western Capitals’ upcoming home games:
Saturday, Nov. 18
7 p.m. – vs. Pictou County.
Thursday, Nov. 23
7 p.m. – vs. Valley.
Saturday, Nov. 25
7 p.m. – vs. Woodstock.
Thursday, Nov. 30
7 p.m. – vs. St. Stephen.
Saturday, Dec. 2
7 p.m. – vs. South Shore.
Thursday, Dec. 7
7 p.m. – vs. Miramichi.