SUMMERSIDE- Danny Chiasson had two goals and the Summerside Western Capitals held off a late rally to defeat the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers 4-3 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Sunday.
It was Summerside’s second straight win over Amherst after a 4-3 win over the Ramblers on Saturday night.
“We played the second-ranked team Canada and played really well,” Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. “We picked up a lot of things that are going to help us. The guys put in a gutsy effort this weekend and today they came in here with six regulars out of the lineup and played a strong game.”
Chiasson opened the scoring 6:56 into the game, beating Rambler goalie Chase Marchand on a three-on-one after Rambler defenseman Morgan Walker got caught flatfooted at centre ice.
Chiasson score his second of the game midway through the second period before Kody Orr scored on the power play from Brock Morrison and Mitch O'Neill at the 13:27 mark.
Springhill's Wes Herrett scored his second of the season early in the third, sneaking in from the point to bang a lose puck past Marchand.
Former Rambler J.P. Harvey gave Summerside what appeared to be a comfortable lead 12:45 into the third when he beat Marchand over the shoulder with a wrist shot on the power play.
Serge Boisvert poked home a loose puck in the crease with less than two minutes to play before Jacob Conrad scored with 35 seconds to pull Amherst to within a goal.
The Ramblers tried to pull Marchand for an extra attacker, but could not get the puck into the Summerside end and got called for icing with seven seconds to go.
Summerside outshot Amherst 35-28.
“I thought Chase Marchand had a strong game for us today,” Bottomley said. “It’s great to be able to get guys like him in the lineup to keep them sharp for the playoffs.”
Amherst was playing without several regulars with both Josh Pugsley, Ben MacDonald and Jamie Bishop out with injuries. Pugsley and MacDonald dressed, but did not see any ice time.
The Ramblers were also without Robert Davis, who is facing a suspension for a double-game misconduct assessed on Saturday, while defenceman Cam McDonald is also out after receiving a game misconduct for a fight Saturday with MacKenzie Braid of the Caps that took place at the end of the second period.
In Saturday’s game, Chiasson had another three points as Summerside nipped the Ramblers on a night Amherst retired the jersey of former player and coach Bill Riley.
Thomas Stavert and Harvey also scored for Summerside while Orr, Berisha and MacDonald scored for Amherst in a game that had a playoff-like intensity.
Patrick Harrison had two assists for Amherst while Berisha, O'Neil, Maxime Richard and Brett Shute added assists.
Amherst outshot Summerside 31-27.
The Ramblers conclude the regular season on the road on Thursday when they travel to New Glasgow to face the Weeks Crushers.