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Capitols Close out Late to Take Series Opener against U17s

October 15, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Madison Capitols News Release

The Madison Capitols survive a late push from the U17s of Team USA and extend their winning streak to four games with an 8-5 victory tonight at USA Hockey Arena.

"We found a way to win," Madison Capitols head coach Tom Upton said. "We need to be better and continue to learn in areas of our game but winning is hard and we accomplished our mission."

The Capitols gave up the first goal of the evening tonight 2:22 into the game. However, that lead for the U17s didn't last long as 21 seconds later, Madison forward Nathan Lewis snuck home a backhand shot to equalize things at one apiece.

With just over 10 minutes left in the 1st period, winger Daniel Sambuco netted his second goal of the season. His linemate Matthew McGroarty won a race to the puck and fed the Providence College commit, who was wide open on the back door. For the second game in a row, Caps blueliner Luke Mittelstadt found the back of the net. Mittelstadt took three attempts at burying his own rebound and was finally rewarded on the third try. Mittelstadt's fourth goal of the season at 12:28 of the first was assisted by Sambuco and forward Nick DeSantis.

Madison added a pair of goals in the 2nd period to remain ahead of the U17s after 40 minutes. Forward Quinn Finley snapped home a one-timer from the slot 2:06 into the middle frame. Defenseman Cade Penney and Nick DeSantis tallied the assists. Scoring his second of the game, Nathan Lewis buried an unassisted goal 5-hole passed the U17 netminder to extend the Caps lead to 5-3 with 8:58 remaining in the 2nd.

Netting the final two goals of the game was Caps forward Jake Dunlap. Team USA scored with 3:43 left in regulation to cut the deficit to 6-5. A mere nine seconds later, Massachusetts commit Jake Dunlap fired a shot by Team USA's netminder to give Madison a little bit more breathing room.

Tonight's multi-point performances from Lewis and Sambuco mark their second consecutive multi-point game.

The Capitols will attempt to go for their second series sweep in a row tomorrow night when they drop the puck with Team USA at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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