Capitols Hand U18s First Loss Since December 7th
Middleton, WI - It was a big weekend for Caps hockey as the team took on the US National Team Developmental Program U18 squad in back to back games at Bob Suter Arena. After a lopsided 11-0 defeat on Friday, the Caps were able to bounce back and secure a huge 5-3 win on Saturday night.
The USA squad features 3 future Wisconsin Badgers in Cole Caufield, Alex Turcotte, and Owen Lindmark, as well as the likely #1 overall pick in this year's NHL Draft, Jack Hughes.
On Friday, Team USA was dialed in, and the Caps picked a bad time to have an off night as they were on the wrong end of a crooked score. Team USA was led by two players playing on familiar turf, as Wisconsin native Cole Caufield put up 4 goals and an assist in his visit home, while fellow UW commit Alex Turcotte dished out 5 assists to go with a goal of his own.
On Saturday, Madison handed the U18's their first USHL loss since December 7th after setting the tone early and shocking Team USA in a 5-3 win. After falling behind early, the Caps got on the board on a shorthanded goal with 7:23 remaining in the first period. Chase Brand got behind the USA defense after a nice pass from Kristof Papp and put a swift move on goaltender Cameron Rowe to finish his 12th goal of the season. Just 32 seconds later, Chaz Smedsrud sniped a shot past Rowe for his 9th goal of the year. USA responded with 2 goals in the first 2 minutes of the second period, but the Capitols had an answer once again. With just over 6:30 left in the period, Papp and Brand connected for the second time on the night on a beautiful backdoor feed.
Continuing their momentum, the Caps struck first in the third period, as Papp and Brand joined together for the third time that night. This time, it was Brand firing a go-ahead pass to Papp, who split two USA defenders en route to his 6th goal of the year. For the rest of the game, the Caps defense and goaltender Joey Lamoreaux held strong. Branden Suter iced the game with 11 seconds left on his 3rdgoal of the year to send Caps fans home happy. Joey Lamoreaux was rock solid behind the net all night, stopping 40 of 43 shots, with many outstanding saves, to help lead the Caps to victory.
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