Capitols Split Decisions in Drama Filled Weekend
Middleton, WI - The Capitols played two games this past week, with one on the road, and the other at Cap Ice. Although the team isn't fighting for a playoff spot anymore, it didn't make this weekend any less high in tension, as the Caps defeated Chicago on the road in overtime before falling to Omaha in a six-round shootout at home.
On Friday, the Caps earned a hard fought road win against the Chicago Steel, who own the second best record in the Eastern Conference, by a final score of 5-4. After Chicago struck first less than a minute into the game, the Caps quickly tightened things up and responded. Skylar Gutierrez sliced a shot out of the air with 14:21 left in the 1st for his third goal of the year. About 4 minutes later, Chase Brand found an opening in the defense and dished a nice pass off to Kristof Papp for his 8th goal of the season. After Chicago evened the score in the 1st, the Caps led off the scoring in the 2nd, as Christian Berger fired home in his 6th tally of the year on a power play. Chicago would go on to score two unanswered, but the Caps would not be denied on this night. Alex Mella came through in the clutch for his 10th goal of the year to force overtime. Following a fantastic save by Garrett Mackay on a two-man rush, Lucas Herrmann went coast-to-coast and sealed the deal in overtime with his 13th goal of the season.
On Sunday, the Caps returned to Capitol Ice Arena to take on the Omaha Lancers, coming up just short in a 4-3 loss that went to a shootout. Omaha's power play propelled them to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Caps offense came to life in the second. Chase Brand batted a puck out of the air to get the Caps on the board. Just 47 seconds later Alex Mella caught Omaha goalkeeper, Akira Schmid, sleeping with a long range snipe to tie the game after the 2nd. Omaha tallied a goal with 2:39 left in the third, but the Caps kept their focus and tied the game with 58 seconds left in regulation. Mella forced his second overtime of the weekend in a 6-on-4 power play with the goaltender pulled. After a scoreless OT, the game went to a shootout. It took six rounds, but Omaha was able to find themselves on top by a final score of 4-3.
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