Quick turnaround for MHL teams as schedule resumes

After a busy weekend, and just a few days off, the Maritime Hockey League’s twelve teams are back in action this weekend with five games Friday and another five on Saturday.

The Summerside Western Capitals are looking to extend their five-game winning streak as they head to the Garcelon Civic Centre to face St. Stephen. The Aces can move to within a point of the first place Caps with a win in what remains a very tight Eastlink North Division. Edmundston hit the road this weekend and face one of the hottest teams in the league in the Bearcats. Having won three in a row, Truro want to continue their climb in the Eastlink South Division and keep pace with Yarmouth and Amherst; the only teams to beat the Bearcats this season.

Speaking of the Ramblers, they’ll head to Bridgewater to face the South Shore Lumberjacks. This is already their third meeting of the season, with the teams splitting the previous two games in Amherst. Elsewhere, Campbellton heads to the E. & P. Sénéchal Centre for the first time to play Grand Falls in a battle of 4-4-0-0 teams, and Pictou County are on the road against Miramichi.

Saturday’s schedule is headlined by a massive matchup in Summerside as the Western Capitals host the Edmundston Blizzard at Credit Union Place. The Lumberjacks dropped a 5-1 decision on home ice to Yarmouth two weeks ago and will be looking to return the favour at Mariners Centre. The Pictou County Week Crushers continue their first New Brunswick road trip of the season as they play in Campbellton. Miramichi heads to St. Stephen looking to avenge a 2-1 overtime loss to the Aces last month. Finally, the Ramblers and Wildcats meet at Amherst Stadium.

All games will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com.

Date Visitor Home Venue Time
Fri, Oct 12 Amherst South Shore Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 Edmundston Truro Rath Eastlink Community Centre 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 Summerside St. Stephen Garcelon Civic Centre 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 Pictou County Miramichi Miramichi Civic Centre 7:30 PM
Fri, Oct 12 Campbellton Grand Falls E. & P. Sénéchal Centre 7:30 PM
Sat, Oct 13 Edmundston Summerside Credit Union Place 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 Valley Amherst Amherst Stadium 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 Miramichi St. Stephen Garcelon Civic Centre 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 South Shore Yarmouth Mariners Centre 7:30 PM
Sat, Oct 13 Pictou County Campbellton Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre 7:30 PM

Statistically Speaking

It’s no secret what Truro’s formula for success has been this season. In their six wins, they’ve allowed just six goals. In their three losses, they’ve allowed 13 goals. On the flip side, if you want to beat Summerside, you’re going to have to fill the net. The Caps have lost just two games so far. They scored just once against Yarmouth, but six in a loss to St. Stephen. In their wins? Summerside averages 5.83 goals per game.

It was a Showcase to remember for Sam King. In just his third game with Edmundston, the 20-year-old scored four goals, three on the powerplay, in a win over South Shore. Other players who had standout offensive performances last weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre included Summerside’s Kallum Muirhead (three goals and three assists), and Yarmouth’s duo of Matt Barron (two goals, three assists) and Andrew Martell (three goals, two assists).

Amherst’s Matt Williams and the Mariners’ Alex MacVicar both picked up shutouts at the Showcase. Truro’s Myles Hektor was one of the few goaltenders to start both games during the weekend, saving 53 of 55 shots in a pair of wins.