Estevan, Sask. – The Summerside Western Capitals dropped to 1-1-0 at the 2022 Centennial Cup after a 7-1 loss to the Dauphin Kings. The MJHL champions took advantage of some penalty trouble for the Western Capitals, going 5 for 7 on the powerplay.
Summerside outshot Dauphin 10-8 in the first period, but the game remained scoreless. A powerplay goal at 3:50 of the 2nd period opened the scoring for Dauphin. That score remained until late into the period when the Kings would score twice in 18 seconds, at 15:31 and 15:49, to build a 3-0 lead. Another goal on the man advantage for Dauphin at 17:31 would lead to a goaltending change, as Jacob Leblanc replaced Felix-Anthony Ethier, but Dauphin made it a five-goal period with a powerplay goal at 18:22.
While shots were 18-9 for Dauphin in the 2nd period, they were 17-8 for Summerside in the 3rd period. The parade to the penalty box continued with Dauphin adding goals at 11:59 and 13:00 of the final period, the latter on the powerplay. Summerside got on the scoresheet at 17:05 as William Irvine found the back of the net on the powerplay for the Western Capitals.
Next up for the Western Capitals are the SJHL runners-up, the Flin Flon Bombers, Monday night at 7 p.m. Atlantic Time. Watch the game live on the Hockey Canada website. Summerside finishes their preliminary schedule on Wednesday against the CCHL’s Ottawa Jr. Senators. The top three teams from each group will advance, with the Western Capitals currently sitting third.