Fourth-year forward Brodie MacArthur set a Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals’ franchise record on Sunday.
The 20-year-old son of Rodney and Kim MacArthur of Summerside scored two third-period goals in a 3-2 come-from-behind shootout win over the Edmundston Blizzard to become the franchise’s all-time regular-season points leader.
MacArthur has registered 305 points in 172 games to move one point ahead of Skinners Pond native Jordan Knox, who registered 304 points in 194 games over 3 ½ seasons with the Caps. Knox’s career with the Caps ran from the fall of 2005 until he was traded in his 20-year-old year to the Pictou County Crushers in January 2008.
Sunday’s win capped a four-point weekend on the road for the Caps, who topped the Fredericton Red Wings 7-3 on Saturday night.
The Caps improved their Maritime Junior Hockey League-leading record to 23-3-1 (won-lost-overtime losses). The Caps are 12 points ahead of the Eastlink South Division’s Yarmouth Mariners (16-9-3) and the extra point gained in the shootout win Sunday gives the Caps a 13-point lead over the Blizzard (15-6-4) in the Eastlink North Division.
Before 2,718 fans at the Jean Daigle Centre in Edmundston, N.B., the Caps trailed 2-0 after the first and second periods.
MacArthur scored 1:06 into the third period to get the Caps on the board and his 30th goal of the season off a redirection of an Isaac Wilson point shot tied the game 2-2 at 12:47.
The remaining 7:13 of regulation and five-minute overtime solved nothing. Veterans Marc-Andre LeCouffe and Kallum Muirhead scored as the Caps outscored the Blizzard 2-1 in the shootout. Brock McLeod netted the lone Edmundston goal in the shootout.
Alec MacVicar earned the goaltending win over Antoine Lyonnais. MacVicar stopped 29 of 31 shots through regulation and overtime and two of three shots in the shootout. Lyonnais went into the shootout having turned aside 37 of 39 shots.
McLeod and Ben Lightbody scored in regulation time for the Blizzard. Chad Wilson and Chase Carter added helpers.
Muirhead (2), Wilson and Jacob Arsenault added assists for the Caps.
MacArthur and Muirhead, who has 21 goals and 35 assists, are tied atop the league scoring race with 56 points each.
The Caps are back in action on Thursday against the Pictou County Crushers (15-8-1) in New Glasgow, N.S. The Caps’ will begin a five-game homestand at Eastlink Arena on Saturday against the Miramichi Timberwolves (8-15-4) at 7 p.m.
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