SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —
The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals began a busy vacation weekend on a profitable observe Friday evening.
Nevertheless it wasn’t straightforward, and there have been useful classes, stated Caps head coach Billy McGuigan.
The Capitals constructed interval leads of 2-0 and 4-1 earlier than holding on for a 4-3 home-ice victory over the Pictou County Crushers within the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL).
“I favored components of our sport, and I didn’t like different components,” stated McGuigan in a post-game cellphone interview with The Guardian. “If we wish to have success at this stage, now we have to study to compete for 60 minutes.
“There have been good stretches of the sport the place we have been utterly dominant and spent loads of time within the offensive zone, possessed the puck and made some nice performs. There have been different instances, particularly late within the sport, we sort (of let up). I believe with the inexperience of our group, we coasted alongside within the third and allow them to again within the sport late.”
The Capitals proceed a stretch of three video games in 4 days on Saturday in Berwick, N.S., towards the Valley Wildcats (5-9-1). The Caps return house to face the Truro Bearcats (9-9-1) in an Islander Day sport on Monday at 2 p.m.
Lucas Parsons of Stratford had a purpose and help within the Bearcats’ 7-5 win over the Wildcats Truro, N.S., on Friday evening.
At Eastlink Enviornment, group captain Josh MacDonald scored twice to steer the Capitals. Cam Roberts and Chris McQuaid, who netted the game-winning purpose, added single markers because the Caps improved to 6-3-1 (won-lost-overtime losses).
Roberts opened the scoring on a highlight-reel purpose at 11:02 of the primary interval. He broke in alone down the left-wing, minimize to the centre of the ice and went forehand-to-backhand earlier than sneaking the puck between the left pad and glove of Crushers goaltender Ewan MacDonald.
MacDonald scored power-play targets to present the Caps leads of 2-0 and 3-1. McQuaid’s rocket from the left level beat MacDonald clear excessive on the glove facet to present the Caps a 4-1 lead at 11:12 of the second interval.
Jaden Mason scored within the second interval for the Crushers (9-8-1). Landon Sim (8:54) and Matt Burden (18:36) scored within the third interval to set the stage for an thrilling end.
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General, the ultimate shots-on-goal totals have been 38-37 in favour of the Capitals. Summerside held a 27-20 shots-on-goal benefit via the primary 40 minutes, however the New Glasgow, N.S.-based Crushers outshot the Caps 17-11 within the closing body.
“The necessary factor about our membership is that now we have to persistently shut groups down and hold groups off the board,” stated McGuigan. “Our mantra is to be a 200-foot group and hold enjoying the possession sport.
“Now we have some talent, and we’re a younger group. Now we have to determine methods to win. Getting two factors is fairly necessary, and we’re glad about that.”
Cole Galata (2), Mark Hillier (2), Cole Edwards (2), McQuaid and Colby MacArthur chipped in with assists for the Capitals.
Jack Morris (2), Sim, Kevin Mason and Cameron Hough collected helpers for the Crushers.
Nathan Torchia earned the goaltending win.
The sport’s three stars have been:
1. Josh MacDonald (Capitals), 2. Landon Sim (Crushers), 3. Chris McQuaid (Capitals).