Phys­i­cal game ex­pected

Cap­i­tals host Tim­ber­wolves tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Sum­mer­side D. Alex MacDon­ald Ford Western Cap­i­tals have lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get back on the win­ning track this week.

The Cap­i­tals, losers of three straight and eight of their last 12, will play three games in three days, be­gin­ning with the Mi­ramichi Tim­ber­wolves vis­it­ing Eastlink Arena tonight at 7 p.m. The Caps (22-11-1-0) will make a re­turn trip to Mi­ramichi, N.B., on Fri­day, be­fore vis­it­ing the Amherst Ram­blers on Satur­day.

“Mi­ramichi, prob­a­bly the most phys­i­cal, tough­est team in the league, has be­come one of our big­gest ri­vals,” said Cap­i­tals head coach Billy McGuigan. “They beat us (5-2) ear­lier in the year up there, and a cou­ple of weeks ago they came back here and we beat them (8-2) in an old-school phys­i­cal hockey game.”

Cap­i­tals’ third-year de­fence­man Joey Co­latarci ex­pects an­other hard-hit­ting con­test.

“They are a phys­i­cal team and we are go­ing to have to match it if we want to win,” added

Af­ter de­feat­ing the Tim­ber­wolves in their first game of 2016, the Caps have been outscored 18-8 in losses to Truro (5-2), Wood­stock (6-2) and Dieppe (74). They have also been outscored 10-1 in the third pe­ri­ods of those games, de­spite go­ing into the pe­riod tied in two of them and down one goal in the other.

“We are play­ing good hockey mostly through two pe­ri­ods,” said McGuigan. “It’s just to get a 60minute ef­fort, and com­pete a lit­tle bet­ter de­fen­sively.”

Co­latarci.

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