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By Madison Capitols, 01/06/22, 5:00PM CST


The Madison Capitols (14-13-2) return to Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena this weekend for the first time in 2022 to take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks (15-10-1-2).

The Capitols are coming off a huge road victory against the league leading Chicago Steel last Sunday while Muskegon enters the weekend on a 3-game winning streak. The last time these two eastern conference opponents saw each other, they skated to a series split back in November in Muskegon. That series saw the Caps taking game 1 in decisive fashion, knocking off the Lumberjacks 7-3 and then dropping the next night 4-5. The Capitols own the season series right now, 3-1 over Muskegon.

Muskegon's penalty kill is dead last in the USHL at 69.2 percent. If the Capitols can get some power play opportunities this weekend, look for their fourth ranked power play to go to work. Madison's power play is operating at 23.7 percent on the season. 

On the offensive side of the puck, the Capitols are led by Cornell commit, Nick DeSantis. The Caps forward has recorded 26 points (11G, 15A) in 28 games played. DeSantis is currently tied for the team lead in goals with Jake Dunlap (11). Defensively, Luke Mittelstadt is the Capitols leading blueliner with 24 points. Mittelstadt's 24 points is currently tied for fifth best among USHL defensemen while his eight goals rank third in the league for defensemen.

The Capitols and Lumberjacks will battle it out over a pair of 7:05 p.m. puck drops tomorrow and Saturday night.