Slam­mers beat Caps to share top spot

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS

The Sum­mer­side D. Alex MacDon­ald Ford Western Cap­i­tals now have com­pany atop the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League’s stand­ings.

The Wood­stock Slam­mers picked up a 6-2 road vic­tory over the Cap­i­tals, leav­ing both teams with 45 points. The Slam­mers, who have three games-in-hand, are 21-6-3-0 while the Caps, who have lost two of their first three games since the Christ­mas break, are 22-10-1-0.

“It was a big game for us in terms of the stand­ings,” said Slam­mers head coach Fabian Joseph. “We wanted to weather the storm in the first pe­riod, and we did that. It was a good start for us and a good fin­ish.”

At Eastlink Arena, the Slam­mers took a 1-0 lead just past the half­way mark of the first pe­riod and never trailed, al­though the Caps twice closed to within one goal – 2-1 and 32.

“I thought for two pe­ri­ods we were pretty solid,” said Cap­i­tals head coach Billy McGuigan. “Wood­stock has a good team, they are the favourites in the league and are host­ing the Fred Page Cup.”

The game marked the de­but of three Cap­i­tals – for­wards Ri­ley Whit­ting­ham and Sam LeBlanc along with goal­tender Kyle Michalovsky – ac­quired be­fore Sun­day’s trade dead­line. Whit­ting­ham dis­played a wicked shot, scor­ing off a face­off at 12:20 of the se­cond pe­riod, LeBlanc earned an as­sist and Michalovsky fin­ished with 32 saves.

The Slam­mers led 1-0 af­ter the first pe­riod and took a 3-2 ad­van­tage into the se­cond in­ter­mis­sion.

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