News and notes about the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals:
• The Caps host the Campbellton Tigers at Eastlink Arena tonight at 7 p.m.
• The Eastlink North Division-leading Caps are 17-4-0 and the Tigers entered Friday’s play at 13-7-3, five points behind Summerside.
• This will be 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. 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 fourth-year defenceman Jesse Annear is close to returning to the Caps after recovering from off-season surgery.