Physical game expected
Capitals host Timberwolves tonight
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.”