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January 9, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Madison Capitols News Release

Forward scores hat trick; Caps sweep the weekend

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Forward Kamil Sadlocha nets a hat trick in the Madison Capitols 6-4 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede at Denny Sandford PREMIER Center on Saturday night. Madison swept the weekend games with two victories.

Madison (11-14-0-2) is ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference with 24 points. Sioux Falls (14-9-4-2) is ranked third in the Western Conference with 34 points.

Sadlocha added a bit of insurance with a breakaway goal at 4:54 of the final frame for a 5-3 lead. Messner grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and chipped the puck forward to Sadlocha who broke in on Berdin all alone before slipping the puck over the netminder's pad for his eighth goal of the season.

The Stampede lit the lamp at 6:02 of the opening frame with center Mitchell Mattson's seventh goal of the season. Left wing Kevin Conley carried the puck up the right wing found Mattson wide open in the high slot. Matteson's wrist shot beat Capitols goaltender Dryden McKay on his glove side for a 1-0 lead.

Madison defenseman Colin Felix tied the game at 1-1 with his third goal of the season at 9:28 of the first period. The Stampede attempted to clear the puck from their zone, but Felix pushed in from the right slot and one-timed the loose puck. As it traveled through traffic, the puck snuck past netminder Mikhail Berdin as he was partially screened.

Felix sprung left wing Mick Messner for his fifth goal of the season at 6:49 of the second period. Felix sent the puck to Messner as the forward crossed over the Stampede's blueline. Messner carried the puck down the left wing and center the puck as he approached the end red line. The puck deflected off the skate of a Sioux Falls' defenseman and slid over the goal line to give Madison a 2-1 lead.

Sioux Falls' center Reid Stefanson evened up the contest with his sixth goal of the season. Defenseman Jack St. Ivany collected the puck at the center point and tossed it through the slot. Stefanson tipped the puck up and over McKay at 10:29 of the second stanza to tie the game at 2-2.

Center Ludwig Stenlund put the Capitols back on top, 3-2, with his fifth goal of the season at 12:09 of the middle frame. Left wing Alec Broetzman carried the puck down the right wing before finding Stenlund stationed near the left hash marks. Stenlund settled the puck and sniped it in the top right corner of the net as right wing Ryan O'Reilly served as a screen out front.

The Stampede tied the game at 3-3 with right wing Khristian Acosta's sixth goal of the season, a power play goal, at 14:15 of the second period. Cycling the puck in the Capitols zone, center Nolan Walker found Acosta on the left doorstep to redirect the puck up and over McKay to tie the game.

Sadlocha put the Capitols up 4-3 with his seventh goal of the season at 19:23 of the middle frame with a power play goal. Defenseman Jared Kucharek sent the puck from the right point to Sadlocha along the right wing half-wall. Sadlocha fired the puck through traffic and into the net.

Goaltender Jaxson Stauber replaced Berdin between the pipes at 4:54 of the third period.

Conley teamed up with Mattson for a shorthanded goal at 13:29 of the third period. Both players chased after the loose puck with two Capitols players. Along the right wing half-wall in Madison's zone, Mattson grabbed the puck and skated to the hash marks. Mattson passed the puck to Conley at the right doorstep for the one-timer that beat McKay for his ninth goal of the season to bring the score to 5-4.

Sadlocha solidified the Capitols win with an empty net goal at 19:48 to complete a hat trick on the night.

McKay (10-10-0-2) earned his 10th win of the season, stopping 35-of-39 shots. Berdin (9-5-2-1) took his fifth loss of the season with 12 saves on 17 shots. Jaxson (5-4-2-1) stopped both shots he faced in relief duty.

Madison was 2-for-5 on the power play. Sioux Falls went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Notables: Madison is on a five-game point streak, and two-game winning streak...Forward Kamil Sadlocha recorded his first career USHL hat trick...Left wing Mick Messner and defenseman Colin Felix each picked up a goal and an assist.

The Capitols return home for a $1 Beer Night at 7:05 p.m. at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena on Friday, January 12. Fans can enjoy $1 beers from the time the doors open at 6:00 p.m. until the game ends.

For ticket information, be sure to visit www.madcapshockey.com .

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