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Tmej earns fourth shutout of season as Summerside's winning streak reaches seven games
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals and veteran forward Brodie MacArthur continued their hot streaks in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Saturday night.
MacArthur scored a natural hat trick – three goals in a row – to close out the game’s scoring in a 5-0 road win by the Caps over the Miramichi Timberwolves. The Summerside native and assistant captain extended his point streak to 12 games, and he has registered 25 points during this stretch. MacArthur, who has 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points, is two points behind teammate TJ Shea for top spot in the league scoring race. Shea has 61 points – 24 goals and 37 assists.
Before 894 fans at the Miramichi Civic Centre, Dominik Tmej turned aside all 22 shots he faced in recording his league-leading fourth shutout of the 2018-19 season. The second-year Summerside goaltender from Bradenton, Fla., also leads the MHL in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.940). Tmej is tied with the Yarmouth Mariners’ Tyler Caseley of Kensington for the most wins in the league – 16.
Sullivan Sparkes had a goal and two assists and Zach Thususka also lit the lamp for the Caps, the fourth-ranked team in the most recent Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings. Kallum Muirhead (2) and Cam Roberts added assists.
The Caps, winners of seven games in a row and 10 of their last 11, improved to 26-5-0 (won-lost-overtime losses). The Caps, who have played three fewer games, are two points back of Yarmouth (25-5-4) for first-place overall in the 12-team league.
Saturday’s game concluded a stretch of three games in three nights for the Caps, which included a 6-1 home-ice win over the St. Stephen Aces on Thursday night, and a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win on the road against the Campbellton Tigers (19-10-5) on Friday.
The Caps are back in action on Tuesday, when they visit the St. Stephen Aces (12-18-3) for a make-up game. The Caps return to Eastlink Arena to host the Truro Bearcats (19-11-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m.