NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have taken over sole possession of first place in the MHL’s (Maritime Junior Hockey League) EastLink Northern Division.
The Capitals outlasted the host Pictou County Crushers 7-4 on Tuesday night to move two points ahead of the Edmundston Blizzard. The Caps, winners of five straight, are 6-2-0 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses) while the Blizzard are 5-4-0.
Tuesday evening’s game concluded the two-day MHL Showcase, which featured each of the league’s 12 teams playing one game a day at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Showcase games were two 25-minute periods, and counted in the standings. The Caps downed the South Shore Lumberjacks (3-5-1) by a 4-1 score on Monday afternoon.
Kallum Muirhead had two goals and an assist while Brodie MacArthur scored twice to pace the Caps offensively versus the Crushers. Noah Massie (1-1), Kayden Peck and Sam Meisenheimer also lit the lamp for Summerside while helpers were credited to TJ Shea (3), Marc Richard (2), Austin Taylor (2), Conor MacEachern and Josh MacDonald.
Barrett Dachyshyn (2-1), Isaac Chapman (1-2) and Evan MacLennan replied for the Crushers (1-5-3).
The teams were tied 4-4 after the first period.
Winning goaltender Dominik Tmej stopped 19 of 23 shots. Pictou County starter Sean Julien allowed four goals on 14 shots while Matthew Normore was beaten three times on 12 shots.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Brodie MacArthur (Caps), 2. Kallum Muirhead (Caps), 3. Barrett Dachyshyn (Crushers).
The Caps are back on the road for their next game Friday night against the St. Stephen Aces (4-4-1).