End of the Callin-Der Year
BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Madison Capitols picked up a point in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Central Illinois Flying Aces in the last game of 2017 on Sunday afternoon.
Madison (9-14-0-2) is ranked ninth in the Eastern Conference with 20 points. Central Illinois (10-12-1-2) is tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points.
Left wing Calen Kiefiuk scored the lone shootout goal to give the Flying Aces the 3-2 advantage.
Right wing Ryan O'Reilly put the Capitols on the scoreboard with a power play goal at 3:47 of the first period. Defenseman Jared Kucharek collected a pass from center Ludwig Stenlund at the center point. Kucharek found O'Reilly in the left face-off circle for a one-timer that beat goaltender Zach Stejskal for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Center Cameron Burke picked up an unassisted goal at 19:38 of the opening frame to tie the game at 1-1. Burke carried the puck down the right wing and cut toward the net. Burke's initial shot was stopped by goaltender Dryden McKay. The rebound fell into the crease for Burke to pick up his own rebound and slide it into the open net for his fourth goal of the season.
Madison took a 2-1 lead with a power play goal by center Anthony Callin at 4:04 of the second period. Kucharek passed the puck to forward Kamil Sadlocha along the left wing half wall. Sadlocha found Callin in the right face-off circle for the wrist shot and his fifth goal of the season.
Knotting the game at 2-2, Kiefiuk one-timed a pass from right wing Jeremy Davidson for his fifth goal of the season. Davidson picked up a feed from right wing Griffin Lunn and shot it to Keifuk in the slot for the tying goal at 17:48 of the final frame.
McKay (8-10-0-2) took his second shootout loss of the season, stopping 22-of-24 shots in regulation and overtime, and one shot in the shootout. Stejskal (5-6-0-1) earned his fifth win of the season with 32 saves on 34 shots in regulation and overtime, and all three shootout shots.
Madison was 1-for-5 on the power play. Central Illinois went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
Notables: Madison is on a three-game point streak...Defenseman Jared Kucharek has seven points (1-67) in his last three games...Kucharek is on a three-game point streak.
The Capitols will continue their road trip with a stop at Ice Box for a 7:35 p.m. match-up with the Lincoln Stars on Friday, January 5. Madison will return home for a $1 Beer Night at 7:05 p.m. at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena on Friday, January 12.
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