Game Day

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Summerside West­ern Cap­i­tals’ game day:

- The Caps host the Camp­bell­ton Tigers at Eastlink Arena on Satur­day. Game time is 7 p.m.

- The Eastlink North Divi­sion­lead­ing Caps are 17-4-0 (won-lostover­time losses), and the Tigers en­tered Fri­day’s play at 13-7-3, five points be­hind Summerside.

- This will be only the se­cond meet­ing of the sea­son be­tween the Caps and Tigers. Sul­li­van Sparkes scored at 3:33 of over­time to give the Caps a 2-1 win in Summerside on Nov. 10.

- For­ward Ryan MacDon­ald, who was ac­quired from the St. Stephen Aces last week, is ex­pected to make his Caps’ de­but Satur­day. He had 11 points in 18 reg­u­lar-sea­son games this year.

“He’s a 20-year-old guy and wanted to be a Summerside West­ern Cap­i­tal for a while,” said Caps head coach Billy McGuigan. “He has fam­ily and friends around Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and it’s a good fit for us. He’s an un­der­sized for­ward who can re­ally skate, he’s got some great speed, he puts up de­cent num­bers and he’ll con­trib­ute to our penalty kill some and help our team.”

- McGuigan con­firmed that fourthyear de­fence­man Jesse An­n­ear is close to re­turn­ing to the Caps af­ter re­cov­er­ing from off-sea­son surgery. “Jesse is tied up with school stuff right now do­ing ex­ams, but he has been skat­ing full-con­tact prac­tices,” said McGuigan. “We are wait­ing for the day he is cleared to go, and we feel that could be any day.” - Satur­day’s game will be the Caps’ fi­nal home con­test un­til New Year’s Eve, when the Val­ley Wild­cats (416-3) visit Summerside for a 5 p.m. start.

JA­SON SIMMONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Brodie MacArthur of Summerside is in his third sea­son with the Summerside West­ern Cap­i­tals of the MHL (Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League).

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