SUMMERSIDE – It was mission accomplished for the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals on Thursday night.
The Capitals’ 7-0 whitewashing of the Campbellton Tigers clinched second place in the Eastlink North Division, and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) playoffs. The Capitals improved to 30-15-1 (won-lost-overtime losses), and they sit third overall in the 12-team loop.
Before 1,085 fans at Eastlink Arena, the MHL-leading point-getter TJ Shea scored twice to reach the 100-point mark – 41 goals and 59 assists – in 44 regular-season games.
Brodie MacArthur and Chris Chaddock each had a goal and two helpers to pace the Caps. Rookie Cameron Roberts contributed three helpers while single goals came off the sticks of Kallum Muirhead, Brodie MacMillan and Sam Lau. Riley Smith, Sebastien Cormier and Thomas Harper also assisted.
Bishop earns shutout
Alex Bishop registered a 24-save shutout while the Caps fired 52 shots at Campbellton’s goaltending duo of Greg Maggio and Tristan Gray.
The loss dropped the Tigers’ record to 22-20-2-2.
The Capitals travel to Bridgewater, N.S., on Friday to take on the South Shore Lumberjacks (28-14-2-2), and they conclude a stretch of three games in three days in Yarmouth, N.S., against the Eastlink South Division-leading Mariners (33-12-1-0) on Saturday night.
The Capitals will play their final home game of the regular season against the Woodstock Slammers (12-26-5-2) on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.