Caps Wrap up Tough 4-Game Stretch with a 1-2-1 Record
Middleton, WI - A brutally cold stretch of weather in January took its toll on the Capitols last week. Although the team faced an unfamiliar challenge of playing four games in one week, including three in a row, the Caps were able to persevere after two losses at home to win on the road against Green Bay on Saturday before dropping a home decision to Dubuque on Sunday in overtime.
On Monday, the Capitols put forth a valiant comeback effort in a high-scoring affair against the Dubuque Fighting Saints, falling by a final score of 5-4. Falling behind 5-2 at the end of the second period, the Caps battled back to make it a one-goal game at 11:32 left in the third. However, the scoring ended there for both sides, as the Dubuque defense tightened up to protect their lead for the remainder of the game. Kalle Eriksson had a big night with a goal and two assists. Lucas Herrmann chipped in with a goal and an assist of his own. Contributing the other two goals for the Capitols were Noah Weber and Anthony Stark.
On Friday, the Capitols fell to Cedar Rapids by a final score of 4-2. Chase Brand started the scoring by contributing his 9th goal of the season with 6:48 in the first period. In the same period, Alex Mella knocked in a goal to regain a one-goal lead after Cedar Rapids tied it up. The scoring would be halted for Madison, as Cedar Rapids netted three unanswered, including an empty netter, to seal the game.
The Caps traveled to Green Bay on Saturday to take on the Gamblers in a hard fought 4-3 overtime win. Heading into the third period, the Caps trailed 3-1, but they rallied to force an extra period of hockey. Brand picked up Eriksson's rebound in overtime and slid it past the Green Bay goaltender, Ryan Ullan, for his 11thgoal of the season, and second of the contest. Stark, Mella and Herrmann all netted their second of the week in the Caps third period rally. Joey Lamoreaux was a force in net, stopping 37 of 40 shots en route to the victory.
Finally, the Caps wrapped up the week with another tough loss against Dubuque, falling in a 4-3 overtime defeat. The Capitols jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the second period before Dubuque stormed back to take the lead in the third. Mella kicked the scoring off with a nifty snipe in the first period, giving the Caps a 1-0 lead. Branden Suter then snapped off his first goal of the season in the second after Dubuque had tied the game. In the third, trailing 3-2, Eriksson connected with Herrmann for a clutch goal with only 46 seconds left on the clock to force OT. Even in defeat, goaltender Garrett Mackay had one of his best efforts of the season, stopping 37 of 41 shots in the crease.
The Capitols return to action Friday night when they host the Green Bay Gamblers at Bob Suter's Capitols Ice Arena for their annual Boy Scout Night at 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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