The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals bounced back in a big way.
After losing 3-2 in overtime to the Grand Falls Rapids on Friday night and 4-3 to the Edmundson Blizzard on Saturday evening, the Caps whitewashed the Blizzard 9-0 on Sunday afternoon to earn three of a possible six points in three road games in less than 72 hours.
The results leave the Caps with a record of 33-6-2 (won-lost-overtime losses), good enough for a seven-point lead over the Yarmouth Mariners in the overall standings of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). Each team has nine regular-season games remaining.
Before 2,827 fans in Edmundston, N.B., rookie goaltender Daniel Thompson of Riverview, N.B., turned aside all 38 shots directed his way to earn his first shutout as a Western Capital. The product of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League’s Moncton Flyers was especially sharp in the opening period, when the Blizzard outshot the Caps 16-10.
However, the Caps, who received goals from nine different players, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one period, and extended that margin to 7-0 at the end of 40 minutes.
Forward and assistant captain Brodie MacArthur led the Caps with one goal and three assists to extend his point streak to 22 games. MacArthur leads the MHL in scoring with 89 points – 35 goals and 54 assists. Sullivan Sparkes (1-2), Dylan Riley (1-1), Zach Thususka, Cameron Roberts, Jacob Hickey, Marc Richard, Ryan MacDonald and Kayden Peck also lit the lamp for the Caps, who have netted a league-high 211 goals in 41 regular-season games.
Conor MacEachern (3), Jesse Annear (2), Noah Massie and Josh MacDonald added assists for the Caps.
Ewan MacDonald allowed four goals on 10 shots for the Blizzard, and Francis Asselin gave up five goals on 23 shots.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Brodie MacArthur (Capitals), 2. Daniel Thompson (Capitals), 3. Conor MacEachern (Capitals).
The Capitals return to action on Friday in Truro, N.S., against the Bearcats (22-15-4). The Caps return to Eastlink Arena to host the Campbellton Tigers (24-12-5) on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the South Shore Lumberjacks (19-17-3) visit Summerside on Monday for the annual Islander Day game at 2 p.m.