CAISSY SCORES OT WINNER, WESTERN CAPITALS INTO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT RBC CUP
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Chris Caissy scored 16:57 into overtime to give the Summerside Western Capitals a 3-2 semifinal win over the Surrey Eagles on Saturday night and send the host team to the championship game at the 2013 RBC Cup.
Caissy picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and eluded a check before snapping a shot just inside the far post past Surrey goaltender Michael Santaguida, igniting the record-setting hometown crowd of 3,386 at CUP.
It’s the third time the Western Capitals have advanced to the title game, and the third time they’ve needed extra time to win their semifinal; they needed triple overtime to beat the Moncton Hawks 3-2 in 1989, and topped the Weyburn Red Wings 4-3 in 1997. Ironically, the 1989 and 1997 tournaments were both hosted in Summerside.
The Western Capitals are just the fifth team since the introduction of the tournament format in 1985 to reach at least three national finals – Vernon (seven), Camrose (four), Humboldt (four) and Penticton (three) are the others.
JP Harvey and Danny Chiasson had the goals in regulation time for Summerside, which avenged an overtime loss to the Eagles during the preliminary round. Caissy was in on every Western Capitals goal, adding two assists.
Kevin Bailie stole the show in the Summerside goal, finishing with 50 saves, including three point-blank stops in the opening two-and-a-half minutes of overtime.
Drew Best and Brett Mulcahy scored for Surrey, which twice erased one-goal deficits to force overtime. It’s the second time the Eagles have had their season ended at the national championship by Summerside; the Western Capitals beat Surrey in the 1997 final in Summerside.
Santaguida matched Bailie almost save for save, turning aside 42 of 45 shots in a losing cause.
The goaltenders were simply dominant in the first two periods; the teams went almost 40 minutes without a goal before Harvey slid a loose puck through Santaguida on a Summerside power play with just 24.8 seconds left in the middle frame.
Best drew Surrey even at 4:47 of the third period, sneaking behind the Summerside defence and roofing a shot over the glove of Bailie, but Chiasson restored the Western Capitals lead 3:01 later, sneaking a backhand past a stretching Santaguida for the 2-1 advantage.
Mulcahy, the Eagles captain, tied the game again at 12:42, deftly redirecting a Dan O’Keefe point shot past Bailie to force extra time.
The 3,386 fans beat the old mark of 3,176 set at the 2007 championship game in Prince George, B.C., between the Aurora Tigers and host Spruce Kings.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||12||Round/Ronde||Semifinal|
|Date||Sat. May 18, 2013||Time/Heure||6:00 p.m. AT|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période
01:03 HST Alex Gallant (Boarding/Donner de la bande)
03:31 WST1 Colton Mackie (Check from Behind/Mise en échec par-derrière)
03:31 WST1 Colton Mackie (Game Misconduct/Extrême inconduite)
19:37 WST1 Nicolas Pierog (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:37 WST1 Brett Mulcahy (Hooking/Accrocher)
|Second Period/Deuxième période
19:35 HST JP Harvey (Justin Rasmussen, Christopher Caissy) PP/AN
09:36 HST Jonathan Aubertin (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
12:06 HST Luke Warner (Check from Behind/Mise en échec par-derrière)
12:06 HST Luke Warner (Game Misconduct/Extrême inconduite)
16:22 HST Spencer MacDonald (Hooking/Accrocher)
16:22 WST1 Demico Hannoun (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:13 WST1 Devon Toews (Roughing/Rudesse)
|Third Period/Troisième période
04:47 WST1 Drew Best (Nicolas Pierog, Jordan Klimek)
07:48 HST Danny Chiasson (Christopher Caissy)
12:42 WST1 Brett Mulcahy (Dan O'Keefe, Drew Best)
16:57 HST Christopher Caissy
05:28 HST Craig MacLaughlan (Holding/Retenir)
06:24 WST1 Brady Shaw (Inteference/Obstruction)
08:04 WST1 Trevor Cameron (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||OT||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueurs du match|