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Capitols Split Weekend Decision

February 25, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Madison Capitols News Release

Middleton, WI - After a very tough 4 game stretch last week, the Capitols had a much more manageable slate with only 2 weekend games. Less than a week after their win against Green Bay at Bob Suter's Arena, the Capitols were able to top the Gamblers once again in shootout by a final tally of 4-3 before falling on the road to Muskegon, the top team in the Eastern Conference.

On Friday, the Capitols rivalry with Green Bay added another chapter. Lucas Herrmann got the game's first goal in the 1stperiod off of a great feed from Josh Boyer, as he sniped a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and Green Bay's Goaltender, Maksim Zhukov. A little over a minute later, Branden Suter netted another goal for the Caps on a perfectly executed 3-man weave. However, Green Bay quickly regained the momentum three unanswered goals. After surrendering a 3rdperiod goal, Kalle Erickson responded for the Caps with 9:05 left in regulation, going top shelf off a dish from Chase Brand. After a stalemate on both sides, the teams headed into overtime, but it would take a shootout to decide a winner. The Capitols took the shootout victory 2-1, with Lucas Herrmann and Josh Boyer lighting the lamp. In the crease, Joey Lamoreaux came up big, stopping 31 of 34 shots in regulation and 4-for-5 in the shootout.

On Saturday, the Caps traveled to L.C. Walker Arena to take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The underdog Caps came out firing in the 1stperiod, with Chaz Smedsrud scoring on a solo effort, short-handed goal, spinning away from Muskegon and getting the Caps on the board first. Almost a minute later, the Caps put another goal on the board short-handed, courtesy of Noah Weber, who streaked down the ice after corralling a lead pass from Sam Miller and fooled the Muskegon goalkeeper with a nice finish. Muskegon tightened up their play after starting sluggish, responding with two late first period goals of their own. The Caps kicked off the scoring in the second period on the power play, as Josh Boyer fired a slapshot that Herrmann tipped in past the goaltender. After a goaltender change, Muskegon halted the Caps momentum and ended the game with 3 unanswered goals, including an empty netter to seal the deal. Even in defeat, Grant Riley gave Caps fans a reason to be excited, stopping 44 of 48 shots in his USHL debut.

The Capitols return to action this weekend as they take on Cole Caufield and Team USA on Friday and Saturday at 7:05pm. Come out on Friday as it's another $1 beer night at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena.

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 or by calling the front office at (608) 257-2277.

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