The MAN-Cinelli - Broetzman nets two; Callin, Mancinelli, Borchardt lit the lamp
MADISON, WI - Left wing Alec Broetzman led the Madison Capitols to a 5-3 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena on Thursday night. Madison is on a five-game win streak and an eight-game point streak.
Madison (14-14-0-2) is tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. Dubuque (14-11-3-1) is tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 32 points.
Broetzman put the Capitols up 4-2 with his 15th goal of the season and second tally of the night at 15:55 of the second period. Defenseman Michael Schumacher passed the puck from the center point that deflected off of center Cade Borchardt and over to Broetzman near the end of the right face-off circle. Broetzman one-timed the puck on one knee to give the Capitols a two-goal lead.
Center Michael Mancinelli started off the Capitols scoring with his eighth goal of the season at 5:31 of the first period. Mancinelli won the face-off back to defenseman Colin Felix at the right point. Felix put a shot on net that goaltender Cole Weaver made the pad save on. Mancinelli sniped the rebound into the right corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
Center Anthony Callin doubled Madison's lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal just 53-seconds into the second period. Callin picked up the puck in the neutral zone and carried it down the left wing of the Fighting Saints zone. The forward skated around a defenseman, cut to the net, and slipped the puck under the pads of Weaver for his eighth goal of the season
Dubuque cut the Capitols lead in half with center Santeri Virtanen's third goal of the season at 7:50 of the middle frame. Center Alexander Steeves skated down the right wing with Virtanen coming down the left wing on a partial two-on-one breakaway. At the last second, Steeves passed the puck over to Virtanen who chipped the puck past netminder Dryden McKay on the left doorstep to bring the score to 2-1.
Defenseman Aidan Fulp tied the game at 2-2 at 10:15 of the second period. Fulp picked up the puck in the right face-off circle before circling back to the right point. As players from both teams collided in the circle, Fulp took two strides toward the pile and snapped a wrist shot through traffic and into the net for his first goal of the season.
The Capitols regained the lead at 10:35 of the middle frame with Broetzman's 14th goal of the season. Mancinelli passed the puck from behind Dubuque's net to Broetzman who was stationed at the bottom of the left face-off circle. Broetzman one-timed the puck into the top right corner of the net to give Madison a 3-2 advantage.
Forward Viktor Bovbel brought the Fighting Saints back to within a tally with his first goal of the season at 17:56 of the middle stanza. Bovbel carried the puck down the right wing of the Capitols zone, around a couple of Madison players, and flipped the puck over McKay to bring the score to 4-3.
Borchardt finished off the scoring with his third goal of the season at 3:46 of the third period. Borchardt skated into the Fighting Saints zone with Mancinelli and Broetzman on a three-on-two break. Mancinelli passed the puck to Borchardt in the right face-off circle for a one-timer into the top of the net for a 5-3 final score.
McKay (13-10-0-2) earned his 13th win of the season, stopping 28-of-31 shots. Weaver (7-5-1-0) took his fifth loss of the season with 27 saves on 32 shots.
Madison was 0-for-4 on the power play. Dubuque went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
Notables: Madison is on a eight-game point streak, and five-game winning streak. Left wing Alec Broetzman picked up two goals. Center Cade Borchardt collected his second two-point game of the season with a goal and an assist. Center Anthony Callin is on a two-game goal streak.
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