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11.8.19 PREGAME NOTES: Capitols vs. Steel

By Madison Capitols, 11/08/19, 11:45AM CST

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Capitols Battle with Steel on Military Appreciation Night

Middleton, WI – The Madison Capitols host the Chicago Steel for the first time this season on Friday, November 8th.

 

Promotion

The Capitols are hosting their 6th annual Military Appreciation Night at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena. Thanks to the help of the Capitols big sponsors for the evening, active and retired members of the military can obtain free tickets to tonight’s contest

 

Series History

• The Capitols are 9-15-3 all time against the Steel

• Madison is 5-6-3 all-time when playing on home ice, including a 3-3-1 record since moving to Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena in 2017.

• These two teams face off the second most times this season, taking each other on eight total times this year

• Last season, the Steel won the series, 3-0-1-0 including picking up wins in all games at Cap Ice.

Madison Last Time Out

Patrick Guzzo’s go-ahead goal with 5 seconds remaining in regulation was the difference maker in the Madison Capitols (2-10-0-0) 2-1 loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks (8-2-1-0) on Sunday at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena.

 

The crowd showed up in packs for the opportunity to meet Ryan Suter and Ryan Hartman who were in attendance and signing autographs during the game.

 

A highly penalized first period saw the Capitols on the penalty kill four different times, but the kill was perfect for Madison on the night, killing off all five Waterloo chances.

 

The Black Hawks were able to get on the board first on their 28th shot of the night when Mason Reniers found Kyle Haskins in front of the net for the tip-in and his 2nd goal of the season.

 

Carson Bantle retaliated with only 34 seconds remaining in the first period by spinning and firing home his 7th of the season to tie the game at 1.

 

A hard fought third period made it look like the game was heading into overtime, but a turnover at center ice allowed Patrick Guzzo to wind up and deliver a slapshot past the glove of Simon Latkoczy for the 2-1 win with only 5 seconds remaining in regulation.

 

Latkoczy finished the night 35 of 37 in net, turning back tough play after tough play. Madison completed the kill on all 5 penalties tonight, but the power play went 0-for-4 in the process.

 

Chicago Last Time Out

Sam Colangelo netted two goals for the Chicago Steel in route to a 5-3 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks last Saturday on home ice.

 

Tyler Carpenter started the scoring off with 33 seconds left in the 1st period for his 4th of the season on a power play.

 

John Spetz and Patrick Guzzo traded off goals in the 2nd period, holding onto Chicago’s one-goal lead.

 

Dane Montgomery’s goal for Waterloo was sandwiched from two Colangelo goals before Griffin Ness brought his team back within one late in the 3rd period. Owen Power iced the game with an empty net goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation.

 

Victor Ostman put up 28 saves in the contest to earn the victory, while the power play went 1-for-5 on the night.

 

#TheReturn

The Madison Capitols have been without three big name players the last couple weeks.

 

Coltan Wilkie have been sidelined since the October 20th game against Team USA. Wilkie suffered a lower body injury the Wednesday of practice and didn’t get back on the ice until Tuesday this week.

 

Branden Suter has been out since the same game after taking a shot to the body on October 20th. Suter suffered an upper body injury and hit the ice for the first time on Wednesday.

 

Ricky Lyle was out all last weekend as well, serving a two-game suspension for a kneeing penalty against the Green Bay Gamblers during a victory on Sunday, October 27th.

 

Rise to the Top

The Chicago Steel are one of the top teams in the lead in large part to a dominating offense. The Steel have six players averaging at least a point per game.

 

Matty De St. Phalle is tied for the lead league with 9 goals, while Sean Farrell is tied for the lead with 11 assists as well.

 

Brendan Brisson leads all rookies in the league with 11 points, and is 2nd among rookies in the league with 8 assists.

 

Owen Powers also ranks 2nd among defensemen with 13 points, only one behind Ben Meehan.

 

The Road to Success

When looking for a successful team, most coaches want to be at least .500% on the road and dominant on home ice. For the Steel, it’s actually the opposite.

 

When hitting the road, Chicago is 5-1 in 6 contests, scoring 5 goals a game while giving up 3. When they return to Geneva, Illinois, they only score 3.5 goals a game (21 goals for), while giving up almost the same (20 goals against).

 

Trading Periods

The Chicago Steel tend to open a game strong, outscoring their opponents in the first period 12-9, and finish the game stronger, outscoring opponents 22-14.

 

The Capitols on the other hand find their most production during the second period. Madison will have to play a full 60 minutes with no shifts off if they want a chance to take down the Chicago powerhouse.

 

If you can’t make it out to the game, make sure to tune into Mixlr and HockeyTV to get the live call from broadcaster, Cody Lefkowitz.

 

Individual single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are available now! Call the Capitols Front Office at 608-257-CAPS (2277) or email at info@madcapshockey.com.

 

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