March 19, 2017 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Madison Capitols
GREEN BAY, WI - Right wing Vincent de Mey scored the lone goal for the Madison Capitols as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Green Bay Gamblers at the Resch Center on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay wins the Wisconsin Cheese Cup, presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Emmi Roth, and Mouse House Cheese Haus, as the Capitols have a losing record, 2-5-0-0, in head-to-head match-ups this season with two games remaining against the Gamblers.
Madison (22-28-1-2) is ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference with 47 points. Green Bay (30-21-2-2) sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points.
Former Capitols forward Brody Stevens doubled the Gamblers lead to 2-0 at 3:39 of the middle stanza. Forward Dante Palecco sent a short pass to Stevens at the left doorstep for a one-timer that beat goaltender Dryden McKay. Left wing Jared Spooner earned an assist on Stevens' 12th goal of the season.
Center John Leonard put the Gamblers on the board at 3:21 of the first period. Defenseman Rourke Russell chipped the puck up the left wing boards to right wing Josh Kosack who carried it into the left face-off circle. Kosack fired a shot on net that McKay made the save on. The rebound popped free for a one-timer by Leonard that beat a screened McKay for an early 1-0 advantage.
Spooner picked up his 18th goal of the season at 5:26 of the second frame. Positioned on the left face-off dot, center Casey Mittelstadt found Spooner between the hash marks for a one-time that beat McKay on his glove side. Defenseman Connor Mackey also assisted on the goal that brought the game to 3-0.
Forward Jason Dhooghe skated coast-to-coast and snapped a shot past McKay's blocker for his seventh goal of the season at 10:30 of the second period. Defenseman Tony Stillwell and center Matt Jennings assisted on the fourth goal of the game.
Goaltender Daniel Lebedeff replaced McKay in net following Dhooghe's goal.
Dhooghe broke free down the right wing and carried the puck into the Capitols zone. The forward cut in toward the hash marks and beat Lebedeff on his glove side for his eighth goal of the season at 2:14 of the final period.
Right wing Vincent de Mey put the Capitols on the scoreboard with his 10th tally of the season at 10:24 of the third period. Skating on the power play, defenseman found right wing Kamil Sadlocha in the left face-off circle. Sadlocha shot the puck into the slot and de Mey redirected the puck past netminder David Hrenak.
McKay (18-14-0-2) took his 14th loss of the season stopping 8-of-12 shots. Lebedeff (4-14-1-0) stopped 8-of-9 shots in relief duty. Hrenak (13-13-1-1) earned his 10th win of the season with 24 saves on 25 shots.
Madison went 1-for-3 on the power play. Green Bay was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Capitols lost the head-to-head season match-up with the Gamblers for the first time in franchise history, giving Green Bay the Wisconsin Cheese Cup, presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Emmi Roth, and Mouse House Cheese Haus...Madison had a 6-1-0-0 record against Green Bay during the 2014-15 season, a 4-3-0-0 record during the 2015-16 season, and a 2-5-0-0 record so far this season...Defenseman Cole Hults is on a two-game assist streak with three assists, and he has five points (1-45) in four of his last five games...Right wing Vincent de Mey has three goals in his last four games.
The Capitols hit the road for a match-up with the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Friday, March 24. Tune into www.HOCKEYTV.com for the live action. For more information and to save on tickets, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.