2019 Eastlink North Division Final
(1) Summerside Western Capitals vs (2) Campbellton Tigers
Game 1 – Saturday, March 30th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. – Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre
Game 3 – Thursday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place
Game 4 – Saturday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m. – Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre
Game 5 – Monday, April 8th, 8:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place*
Game 6 – Wednesday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre*
Game 7 – Friday, April 12th, 8:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place*
|Regular Season Record (MHL Rank)||40-8-1-1 (1st)||31-13-2-4 (4th)|
|Semifinal Result||Defeated St. Stephen 4-0||Defeated Edmundston 4-1|
|Previous Appearance in Division Final||2017-18 – Lost to Edmundston 4-3||2004-05 – Defeated Moncton 4-1|
|Playoff Goals For per game||4.5||4.2|
|Playoff Goals Against per game||2.0||1.4|
|Playoff Powerplay %||38.9%||12.5%|
|Playoff Penalty Kill %||78.9%||94.7%|
|Playoff Top Scorer||Sullivan Sparkes – 3G, 5A||Jared Janke – 3G, 3A
Dawson Stairs – 2G, 4A
|Playoff Top Scoring Defenseman||Conor MacEachern – 1G, 3A
Jacob Arsenault – 4A
|Francis Thibeault – 1G, 2A|
|Playoff Goaltender Stats||Dominik Tmej – 4-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .929 SV%, 0 SO||Tristan Gray – 4-0-1, 1.33 GAA, .948 SV%, 2 SO|
|Head to Head Record||6-1-0-0, 12 pts, 20 GF||1-3-2-1, 5 pts, 14 GF|
|Leading Scorer in Season Series||Brodie MacArthur – 5G, 5A||Brendan Bornstein – 5A|
Campbellton 1 @ Summerside 2 (OT) – November 10th
Campbellton 0 @ Summerside 3 – December 8th
Summerside 4 @ Campbellton 3 (OT) – January 11th
Summerside 4 @ Campbellton 0 – February 1st
Campbellton 5 @ Summerside 0 – February 16th
Summerside 2 @ Campbellton 1 – March 1st
Campbellton 4 @ Summerside 5 (SO) – March 9th
- This is the third time in the past four seasons that Summerside and Campbellton have gone head to head in the playoffs. The Western Capitals dropped Game 1 in the first round last season before winning the next four to defeat the Tigers in five games. Previous to that, in the first round of the 2015-16 playoffs, Summerside came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Campbellton in seven games.
- Campbellton are in a Division Final for the first time since the 2004-05 season, where they defeated the Charlottetown Abbies and Moncton Beavers en route to a five-game loss to the Truro Bearcats in the league final. The Tigers had won what was then known as the Callaghan Cup the previous season.
- Meanwhile, this is the fourth straight appearance in a Division Final for Summerside. The Western Capitals lost in seven games to the eventual league champion Edmundston Blizzard in 2017-18, in four games to Miramichi in 2016-17, and in six games to Dieppe in 2015-16.
- This could be the premiere goaltending matchup in the entire Canadian Tire Cup Playoffs. Two of Dominik Tmej’s record-setting seven shutouts this season came against Campbellton, but neither were easy. The first was a 59-save performance in a 3-0 win on December 8th. The other required 41 saves in a 4-0 win on February 1st. Tristan Gray made 29 saves in a 5-0 Campbellton win on February 16th, and posted two shutouts in the first round against Edmundston.
- Taking away the three shutouts in their head to head series, the remaining four matchups were decided by one goal each, with two finishing in overtime and another in a shootout.
- Despite winning only one game against Summerside during the regular season, Campbellton held Summerside to just 3.57 goals per game; the only team in the Eastlink North to hold the Western Capitals to under 4.5 goals per game.
- The Western Capitals and Tigers were 1-2 in the race for the Young/Knickle Award. Summerside took the honours, allowing just 120 goals on the season. Campbellton allowed 127.
- Summerside held Campbellton to a 15.4% powerplay conversion (4 for 26) in the regular season, while posting a 21.9% powerplay conversion (7 for 32) against the Tigers.