MADISON, WI – Right wing Ryan O’Reilly netted two goals to help lead the Madison Capitols to victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 6-3. at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena Friday night.
Madison (5-5-0-0) and Cedar Rapids (5-5-0-0) are tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 10 points each.
Defenseman Connor Mayer put the Capitols up 4-2 with his first goal of the season at 1:42 of the final period. The Capitols were skating on the power play and the team was cycling the puck as left wing Mick Messner sent it from the center point to center Ludwig Stenlund in the right face-off circle. Stenlund found Mayer in the left circle and the defenseman wristed a shot over goaltender Jiri Patera’s glove for the eventual game winning goal.
Stenlund put the Capitols on the board first with a goal 5:58 of the first period with a power play goal. Defenseman Branden Suter settled the at the center point before cycling it over to left wing Alec Broetzman in the left face-off circle. Broetzman sent a direct pass to Stenlund in the right face-off circle where he wristed the puck into the back of the net to give Madison a 1-0 advantage.
The RoughRiders responded with a goal of their own to tie the game at 1-1 at 8:09 of the opening frame. Right wing Chase Blackmun collected a pass at the right point and fed the puck over to defenseman Jake Johnson at the left point. Johnson fired a slap shot on net that goaltender Dryden McKay stopped, but center Marc McLaughlin banged in the rebound for his second tally of the season.
The Capitols doubled their score with a shorthanded goal by O’Reilly at 10:24 of the first stanza. Messner carried the puck out of the Capitols zone. As the winger crossed into the RoughRiders zone, he fed a pass over to O’Reilly who was skating down the left wing. O’Reilly took a check from a Cedar Rapids player before cutting toward the hash marks and roofing the puck in the right corner of the net behind Patera for a 2-1 lead.
O’Reilly netted his second goal of the game just 2:12 after his first tally to give Madison a 3-1 lead. Broetzman fed the puck to defenseman Michael Schumacher at the left point of the zone. Schumacher fired a shot wide of the net. The puck caromed off the end boards before come out on the right doorstep. O’Reilly was skating through the crease when he found the puck and buried it for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
At 19:55 of the second period, left wing Roman Ahcan was able to capitalize on a rebound from McKay. Right wing Brian Chambers carried the puck down the right wing and snapped a shot on net from the face-off circle. McKay made the initial save, but Ahcan was on the doorstep to bang home the rebound, which brought the score to 3-2.
Center Anthony Callin was able to put the Capitols up by three goals with a play that started in Madison’s zone. Center Cade Borchardt sent a pass from the right wing half-wall in the Capitols zone to Callin who was streaking through the neutral zone. Callin skated in on Patera all alone and wristed a shot past the netminder’s blocker to give Madison a 5-2 advantage at 5:53 of the third period.
At 12:11 of the final frame, right wing Steven Agriogianis netted his second tally of the season to bring the RoughRiders to within two goals. McLaughlin carried the puck into the Capitols zone and over to the right face-off circle before snapping a shot on net for McKay to make the pad save on. Agriogianis was in the slot to one-time the rebound into the corner of the net to make it a 5-3 game.
Capitols defenseman Ryan Bederka finished off the RoughRiders with an empty net goal at 19:09 of the third period.
McKay (5-4-0) earned his fifth win on the season stopping 27-of-30 shots. Patera (2-5-0) took his fifth loss of the season with 20 saves on 25 shots.
Madison was 2-for-8 on the power play. Cedar Rapids went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Notables: Right wing Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals putting his season total at seven tallies which is tied for the league lead among rookies…Left wing Alec Broetzman’s two assists moves him into a tie for seventh place among league leaders with 12 points (5-7=12)…Defenseman Michael Schumacher earned his first USHL point, an assist.
Madison hits the road for a couple of weeks with their first stop in Cedar Rapids for a rematch with the RoughRiders at 7:05 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Saturday, November 11. The team will return home to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints for the Fill the Nets Food Drive, presented by Findorff Builders and Gordon Food Service, and benefiting Middleton Outreach Ministry at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena with a 7:05 puck drop on Friday, November 24. For more information on season tickets and flex packages, call the Capitols at (608) 257-2277 or visit them online at www.madcapshockey.com.