Caps Sweep The Stars 4-0
In what was a banner weekend for the new franchise, the Capitals took the first game with ease then came in early this morning to blank the visiting Junior Stars to seal their first series sweep 4-0.
“We are happy to get our first two wins at home,” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. “We still have some things to work on and need to stay focused on getting better.”
Yu Hikosaka got the ball rolling in the first, drawing first blood for the Caps (assisted by Jaydn Munnelly and Nick Manney at 7:00) and establishing a 1-0 lead. And it seemed that that would be all there was until the beginning of the third.
The second period was notable mainly for the amount of time the Caps had to play shorthanded. In total, Topeka had to kill 10 minutes of penalties in the period. Strong play in the net by goaltender Jude Hall and pesky defense held the 1-0 lead through the end of the period.
“Special teams were good [today],” added Bohn. “[We] wouldn’t have liked to be on the penalty kill as much as we were but everyone pulled together and we ended up with two points.”
That was when Munnelly made the most of the two-man advantage left over from the second and scored the second goal of the game on a power play (assisted by Georgy Ostapchuk and Nick White at :31). Ostapchuk found the net as well at 12:48 (assisted by Tyler Brady and Kole Hudson), handing the Caps a commanding 3-0 lead. White then capped off the victory with a netter at 16:46 (assisted by Hudson and Hikosaka) and the Caps clinched their first sweep and shutout 4-0.
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