GRAND FALLS, N.B. – It didn’t take the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals long to get back on the winning track.
Less than 24 hours after the Edmundston Blizzard scored with eight seconds remaining in regulation time for a 5-4 victory on Saturday night that ended the Caps’ eight-game winning streak, the Summerside-based squad bounced back on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals posted a 7-4 road win over the Grand Falls Rapids to improve their Eastlink North Division-leading record to 10-3-0 (won-lost-overtime losses).
The Caps received an honourable mention in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings for the second week in a row. The league-leading Yarmouth Mariners (11-2-1) are the only MHL team to crack the top-20 rankings this week at No. 11. Yarmouth was ranked 17th last week.
Before 1,004 fans at the E. @ P. Sénéchal Centre, Sam Meisenheimer and TJ Shea each scored two goals and added an assist while Kallum Muirhead picked up one goal and three assists to lead the Capitals. Brodie MacArthur and Marc Richard also lit the lamp. Noah Massie (3), Cam Roberts, Austin Taylor and Conor MacEachern chipped in with other helpers.
Jean-Simon Belanger (2-1), Dawson Wood and Chris Melendez answered for the Rapids (4-6-1), who are the former Woodstock Slammers.
The Caps built period advantages of 2-1 and 5-3.
Caps rookie goaltender Daniel Thompson of Riverview, N.B., won his fifth straight start. Nolan Boyd was between the pipes for Grand Falls.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Sam Meisenheimer (Capitals), 2. Jean-Simon Belanger (Rapids), 3. TJ Shea (Capitals).
The Caps return to action on Thursday, when the St. Stephen Aces (6-6-1) visit Eastlink Arena for a 7 p.m. faceoff.