Caps net lopsided win
Stavert records four-point night in Summerside victory
Fans were treated to old-style hockey at Eastlink Arena on Thursday night.
The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals held Retro ‘80s Night, which included honouring the 1988-89 team that finished runner-up in the national championship at Cahill Stadium. The Caps then registered an 8-2 victory over the Miramichi Timberwolves in the first of four meetings between the teams in January.
“It was entertaining,” said Capitals head coach Billy McGuigan. “It was probably the first game this year that we’ve been in where you felt that old rivalry there.
“It was an old-style hockey game for sure, crashing and banging, a couple of fights and lots of goals.”
The win allowed the Caps to maintain sole possession of firstplace overall in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The Caps are 22-8-1-0, two points ahead of arch-rival Woodstock Slammers (20-6-3-0), who defeated the Truro Bearcats (15-10-3-1) 3-0.
“We knew coming back we have to dig down and get every point we can,” said Capitals’ fourth-year forward Thomas Stavert of Kensington. “They are a good hockey club, and they had a few guys out tonight.
“We know they are going to be tougher the next time we play them. We just have to make sure we are ready every game. Tonight, the score was kind of lopsided, but we know it’s not going to be like that every night.”
Before 886 fans, the Caps and Timberwolves’ matchup had an edge right from the start. The Caps’ Joey Colatarci and Liam Alcade dropped the gloves 4:05 into the game after the Miramichi forward was being whistled for a checking-from-behind major.
The game featured numerous post-whistle skirmishes and some solid body checks. The Caps’ Tanner McCabe and Miramichi’s Duncan McKie easily drew the loudest cheer of the night after a spirited heavyweight bout 3:04 into the third period.
“I thought we got better as the game went on, and we were sticking up for each other,” said McGuigan. “That’s what I liked about our team.”
Offensively, Stavert led the Capitals with two goals and two assists to increase his leagueleading point total to 66.
Nathan Yetman, Julian Makary, Alex Peddle, Evan Morrison, Morgan MacDonald and Mitch Dempsey also scored for the Capitals, who built period leads of 4-1 and 6-2.
McKie and Dylan Wheatley of Cornwall replied for the Timberwolves (16-10-0-2).
Caps goaltender Matt Williams turned in a 23-save effort. Miramichi starter Tanner Somers gave up six goals on 17 shots before Bobby Dugan III took over.
The Capitals host Truro on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.