Slammers beat Caps to share top spot
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.