Caps net lop­sided win

Stavert records four-point night in Summerside vic­tory

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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