Canadian Tire Cup Playoff Capsule: Summerside vs St. Stephen

(Photo: Summerside Western Capitals)

2019 Eastlink North Division Semi-Finals
(1) Summerside Western Capitals vs (4) St. Stephen Aces

Game 1 – Saturday, March 16th, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place
Game 2 – Tuesday, March 19th, 7:00 PM – Garcelon Civic Centre
Game 3 – Thursday, March 21st, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place
Game 4 – Saturday, March 23rd, 7:00 PM – Garcelon Civic Centre
Game 5 – Monday, March 25th, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place*
Game 6 – Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 PM – Garcelon Civic Centre*
Game 7 – Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place*
*if necessary

Summerside St. Stephen
Record (MHL Rank) 40-8-1-1 (1st) 20-27-3-0 (9th)
Last 10 Games (current streak) 8-2-0-0 (6-0-0-0) 5-5-0-0 (1-0-0-0)
Goals For (MHL Rank) 247 (1st) 138 (10th)
Goals Against (MHL Rank) 120 (1st) 158 (7th)
Powerplay % (MHL Rank) 28.6% (1st) 18.8% (6th)
Penalty Kill % (MHL Rank) 87.9% (1st) 78.9% (7th)
Top Scorer (MHL Rank) Brodie MacArthur – 43G, 67A (1st) Evan White – 7G, 33A (37th)
Top Scoring Defenseman Conor MacEachern – 14G, 34A Evan White – 7G, 33A
Top Goaltender Dominik Tmej – 26-4-1-1, 2.24 GAA, .929 SV%, 7 SO Joey May – 14-20-1-0, 3.31 GAA, .897 SV%, 3 SO
Head to Head Record 7-1-0-0, 14 pts, 38 GF 1-7-0-0, 2 pts, 17 GF
Leading Scorer in Season Series T.J. Shea – 10G, 8A Zach Alchorn – 3G, 2A

Previous Meetings
Summerside 6 @ St. Stephen 9 – September 21st
Summerside 6 @ St. Stephen 2 – October 12th
St. Stephen 1 @ Summerside 2 – October 18th
St. Stephen 2 @ Summerside 6 – October 25th
St. Stephen 1 @ Summerside 2 – November 3rd
Summerside 6 @ St. Stephen 0 – December 15th
St. Stephen 1 @ Summerside 6 – January 10th
Summerside 4 @ St. Stephen 1 – January 15th

Series Notes

  • The Summerside Western Capitals won their division for the first time since 2015-16.
  • The St. Stephen Aces have qualified for the playoffs for the second time in the franchise’s young history. Their first appearance in the postseason was in 2016-17, where the Aces lost in four straight games to the eventual league finalist Miramichi Timberwolves.
  • For all of their struggles on the road, the Aces had a winning record at the Garcelon Civic Centre at 14-9-2-0 which translated to the 6th most points earned at home (30) and a +6 goal differential. The problem? Summerside lost just three road games all season.
  • Summerside allowed just 120 goals this season, with a jaw-dropping +127 goal differential; the largest wince the Woodstock Slammers were +144 in 2011-12.
  • As dangerous as Summeride have been offensively, their powerplay is even more impressive on the road. The Western Capitals have a 33.6 powerplay percentage away from Credit Union Place. The Aces, for their part, are better on the powerplay at home, with a 23.6 conversion percentage.
  • Brodie MacArthur ran away with the scoring race, earning Player of the Year honours, with 43 goals and 67 assists.
  • The Aces had 10 MHL rookies who played at least 39 games this season.
  • Summerside finished the season on a six-game winning streak. St. Stephen alternated wins and losses for their final 13 games, which was enough to push them into the playoffs.