The Capitals stormed through Sugar Land this past weekend, taking all three games including a thrilling come-from-behind shootout win in Suday's finale. Two players were recognized by Easton for their efforts this week: South Star Alex Johanson and honorable mention Tre Opack.
From NA3HL.com – South Division Star of the Week: Alex Johanson, forward, Topeka Capitals
New Topeka forward Alex Johanson, 18, had a big impact for the Capitals this weekend as they picked up a three-game sweep of the Imperials in Sugar Land to stay right in the heat of the South Division lead. The native of Skokie, IL had seven points in the three wins and had at least a point in each of the wins. On Friday, Johanson (6’1/190) scored twice and added an assist in a 9-4 win. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal in a 6-3 win and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win. In seven games with the Capitals this season, Johanson already has nine points. "Alex was an addition to club a few weeks ago. He's been a welcomed addition to our organization and is buying into the Topeka culture very quickly. We are happy to see him adapt, be successful and look forward to seeing him grow as a player,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.
Opack was also a force to reckoned with, netting four goals and three assists during the series. On Saturday night, Opack drew first blood for the Caps and, after the Imperials scored two to take the lead, tied the game up with a second period goal that began a scoring glut for Topeka. In Sunday's game, the Caps looked outmatched heading into the third down 4-1 when Opack struck again with a goal that sparked the comeback. "Tre is a highly skilled, highly driven athlete," said head coach Anthony Bohn. "His progress is coming along and is working to get better everyday. The success we are seeing out of him is a progression of his hard work and we are excited to see him continue to grow as a player."
The Caps return home this Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11am) to take on the St. Louis Junior Blues. Tickets are only $5 and parking is free. For more information about upcoming games, call 785-286-PUCK or visit topekacapitals.com.