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Capitols Drop 3-In-3 Weekend

March 18, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Madison Capitols News Release

Middleton, WI - This weekend, the Caps had the daunting task of playing three games in a matter of three days, taking on the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Mystique Ice Center before hosting a doubleheader against the Youngstown Phantoms at Cap Ice. While the Caps battled hard, they unfortunately left the weekend winless.

On Friday, the Capitols were shut out against Dubuque in a 6-0 loss. The Fighting Saints came out on fire, with 3 goals in the opening 7 minutes of the first period. After adding another goal in the first, the Saints tacked on one each in the second and third periods. Garrett Mackay got the start following a 48 save effort the previous weekend.

Cap Ice Arena was packed for Pucks N' Paws Night on Friday, but the Caps came up short against Youngstown in a 7-2 loss. After the Phantoms got off to a quick 2-0 lead, the Caps struck back. Brady Smith knocked in his first goal as a Capitol off of a slick backhanded feed from Chase Brand. Unfortunately, the Caps quickly lost their momentum, as Youngstown scored 5 unanswered to put the game away. Playing hard until the end, however, the Capitols tacked on a power play goal late in the 3rd, as Kalle Erickson picked up the rebound for his 5th goal of the year.

In the weekend finale on Sunday, the Capitols played a tighter game against Youngstown, but fell short once again in a 6-3 defeat. The Caps made a statement 20 seconds into the game, as a beautiful display of puck movement led to Ryan McGuire tapping in his first career USHL goal. After a quick Youngstown response, Grant Docter got robbed, but Carson Bantle was there to clean up the loose puck by the net, regaining the Caps lead early in the period. After a barn-burner start, the goal scoring cooled off for a bit until Youngstown scored two quick goals in the second period. With a little over 10 minutes in the period, the Caps responded once again, as Lucas Herrmann corralled a slapshot that rattled off the right post and snuck it in on the power play for his 11th tally of the season. However, Youngstown's defense tightened for the rest of the game, and they added another goal in the second and two more in the third to seal the deal.

The Capitols return to action Wednesday night when they take on their rivals, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, at Bob Suter's Capitols Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Don't miss out on any of the action this season as the Capitols embark on their 5th season in the USHL. Ticket packages, suites, and group outing are available now at www.madcapshockey.comor by calling the front office at (608) 257-2277.

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