A five-goal second period Sunday helped the Campbellton Tigers leapfrog over the Summerside Western Capitals and back into a tie for second place with Miramichi in the Maritime Hockey League’s East Link North Division.
The Tigers’ five unanswered goals in the second period gave Campbellton a 5-1 after the Caps scored the only goal of the first period.
The Capitals rallied in the third scoring three times, their third goal of the period coming with 56 seconds remaining and relief goaltender Rett Rook on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, but they couldn’t get the equalizer, falling 5-4.
It was a big game for both teams as the Caps had moved one point ahead of the Tigers with a 5-4 shoot-out win Saturday night over the Amherst Ramblers. A Capitals win Sunday would have moved them into sole possession of second place, one point ahead of Miramichi.
Edmundston Blizzard are out in front with 43 points and 27 games played while the Tigers and Timberwolves are now tied for second with 30 points, each with 26 games played, and the Caps are fourth with 29 points, and 25 games played.
TJ Shea led the Caps Sunday with two goals and an assist. Cam Roberts, who had the shoot-out winner the night before, and Jesse Annear each picked up two assists. Brodie MacArthur and Alex Hambly had the other Capitals goals and Sebastien Cormier had one assist.
Rook stopped all nine Tigers shots he faced. He entered the game at the start of the third, replacing starting netminder Dominik Tmej who allowed five goals on 15 second-period shots. Tmej faced 24 shots through two periods.
Charles-William Gagne (2,1) and Drew Toner (1,2) led the Tigers offense and goaltender Greg Maggio stopped 34 of the 38 Capitals shots he faced.
On Saturday in Amherst, Cam Roberts was the only one of six shooters to score in the shootout as the Capitals skated away with a 5-4 win. Roberts had tallied a goal and an assist in regulation, tying the game 3-3 with a goal at 8:20 of the third. TJ Shea added to his league points lead with a goal and two assists. Brodie MacMillan (1,1) and Jesse Annear, who tied the game at 4-4 with 1:39 remaining in the third, also scored. Morgan MacDonald, Sebastien Cormier and Brodie MacArthur earned assists.
The game featured a close goaltending dual as Tmej stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced and the Ramblers Cody Porter made 35 saves.