NOT SO BLISSFUL
Capitols have earned a point in 10 straight games
MADISON, WI - The Green Bay Gamblers took game five of the Wisconsin Cheese Cup, presented by Odyssey Brands, as the Madison Capitols fell, 3-2 in overtime, at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena on Friday night. The Capitols have earned at least one point in each of their last 10 games (8-0-1-1).
Madison (15-14-1-2) is tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points. Green Bay (17-13-2-1) is tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 37 points.
Left wing Trenton Bliss gave the Gamblers the 3-2 win with his 13th goal of the season at 2:50 of the overtime period. Defenseman Michael Underwood fired a shot on net from the right wing half-wall. Capitols goaltender Dryden McKay made the initial save, but the rebound was buried by Bliss from the slot.
The Capitols struck first with center Ludwig Stenlund's sixth goal of the 4:23 of the second period. Stenlund picked up the puck in the neutral zone and carried it into the right face-off circle. The center then passed the puck over to left wing Verners Egle who was coming down the center of the zone. Egle quickly returned the puck to Stenlund on the right doorstep for the quick shot that beat goaltender Maksim Zhukov for a 1-0 lead.
Center Josh Dunne evened the game at 1-1 with his 11th goal of the season at 18:41 of the middle frame. Defenseman Michael Bevilacqua sprung Dunne for a breakaway on McKay. Dunne deked around McKay and then slipped in the puck into the net to tie the game.
Green Bay took a 2-1 lead at 3:04 of the third period with left wing McKade Webster's sixth goal of the season. Right wing Brock Caufield won the face-off in the left circle back to Webster. The left winger snapped a wrist shot that traveled through traffic and beat McKay on the glove side.
Center Michael Mancinelli tied the game at 2-2 with his ninth goal of the season at 7:56 of the final period. Center Cade Borchardt carried the puck down the right wing and toward the back of the net. As he approached the end boards, he fed the puck to Mancinelli in the slot for a one-timer to tie the game.
McKay (14-10-1-2) took his first overtime loss of the season stopping 29-of-32 shots. Zhukov (16-9-0-2) earned his 16th win of the season with 18 saves on 20 shots.
Madison went 0-for-4 on the power play. Green Bay was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
The Capitols will remain at home at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena on Saturday, January 27 for a 6:05 p.m. face-off with the Chicago Steel on Boy Scout Night. For ticket information, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS or visit us online at www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.
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