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Capitals Add Trio

For Immediate Release:

The Atlanta Capitals announced they have tendered a trio of players: Forwards Anton Minaev and Boomer Miller, and Defensemen Tristen Poliseno. All three players join the Capitals after playing for the USPHL Conference Champion and National Finalist Forest Lake Lakers under new Capitals Head Coach Dennis Canfield.  

Minaev, a 96’ born forward from Moscow, Russia had a breakout season finishing with 82 points including 44 goals in 48 games.  “He’s a dynamic and gifted player with a nose for the net and a threat to score each time he touches the ice” said Canfield. 

Poliseno, a 97’ born defensemen from California, is a smooth skating, offensive minded, blueliner who was a regular on the power play and special teams units. “Paaly is a mature guy who we expect to log a ton of minutes and to be a leader for this hockey club.” said Canfield. 

Miller, a 97’ born forward from New Jersey, joins the Capitals for his first full time junior season.  Miller was a member of the 2015 NAPHL Champion New Jersey Titans U18 team in which he scored the game winning goal.  He joined the Lakers late last season after suffering a leg injury which sidelined him for much of the year.  He is the younger brother of last year’s USPHL MVP and Forward of the Year, Brian Miller. “We are excited to have Boomer join the Capitals family.  He comes from an outstanding family and is ready to make his own mark.  Tough, gritty, skilled, and with a knack for the net are words to describe him as a player” said Canfield. 

Each one of these young men are NAHL hopefuls. We wish the best of luck to them in their pursuit.

Atlanta hires Canfield as new Head Coach

The Atlanta Capitals are proud to announce that Dennis Canfield has been hired as the organization’s new Head Coach.  Canfield comes to Atlanta after spending the previous two seasons as the Head Coach & GM of the Forest Lake Lakers of the USPHL Midwest.  In two season’s time at Forest Lake, Canfield rebuilt the Lakers franchise compiling an overall record of 65-23-2. This past season the Lakers won the Western Conference Title with a record of 39-7-2 and advanced to the USPHL National Finals.  He was named a finalist for coach of the year in both seasons. 

Canfield is known for his attention to detail, player development, and recruiting. He mentored numerous players including Matiss Kivlenieks, this year’s 5th overall pick in the USHL draft (Sioux City).  Kivlenieks committed to Minnesota State Mankato for 2017-18 season and was the Lakers’ 2014-15 MVP before joining the Coulee Region Chill of the NAHL this past season.  2015-16 captain Brian Miller was named the USPHL Most Valuable Player & Forward of the Year (Nazareth College), and Zach Remers, who captained the team to start the season advanced to the NAHL Scranton Wilkes Barre Knights (Buffalo State College).

The Capitals are the NA3HL affiliate of the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL. The opportunity to work with the NAHL and an organization committed to player development that has a vertical player model was something that greatly appealed to the new coach. It was also a major factor in Canfield’s decision to accept the head coach position.  “I’d personally like to thank owner Mr. Don Stone and GM Chris Powers for this opportunity. I’m very excited to join the Capitals and Roadrunners family.  Our facilities and player resources are second to none. It was a very logical fit for me. The organization is committed to the advancement of players in terms of call-ups (with 4 last season) and advancing players onto college hockey.” said Canfield. 

 With the draft coming and the off season in full swing, Canfield has already started recruiting and is eager to get started.  “Expectations are high in Atlanta.  We have a very talented group of core players who are eligible to return. I look forward to working with them along with our tenders, future draft picks, and recruits.”

For more information stay tuned to atlantacapitals.com.  Contact Coach Canfield via dcanfield@atlantacapitals.com or 716-338-2626

KELLY HEADING TO STEVENSON UNIVERSITY

The Atlanta Capitals are proud to announce that Defensemen Drew Kelly has committed to Stevenson University next season.

The Somerset, WI native played for both the Topeka and Atlanta Capitals. He made the transition to Atlanta and enjoyed the experience of living in the south. “Atlanta is a great place, the gym with seeing famous people and the arena, it was just an overall experience I will never forget,” said Kelly.

Kelly amassed in two seasons with the Capitals 37 points in 84 career games and a plus 65. “ Drew is a player, he has been so solid for us these past two season that it will be hard to replace him in the coming years. He’s an upstanding person first and foremost and we look forward to watching him thrive at the collegiate level,” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

Stevenson University is entering their first season of competition at the NCAA DIII level. They will play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West division starting during the 2016-2017 season.  

Kelly becomes the second college commitment so far for the Capitals. He joins Captain Kyle Rimbach who will attending St.Olaf in the fall.

LAUKAITIS HEADING TO MENS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Atlanta Capitals are proud to announce that Arturas Laukaitis has been selected to compete for his home country of Lithuania, in the IIHF Men’s World Championships. 

Lithuania competes in the Division 1-group B division. 

The  (6’2 205lbs) Laukaitis finished his first season with the Capitals compiling a new team record 34 goals, 43 assists for 77 points and a remarkable +65.  He was selected for the NA3HL Top Prospects U18 team where he finished with 5 points in 3 games.

“Artie is an elite player, he posses a skill level that will translate to the next level and to be selected to compete on a men’s national team only shows that,” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

Training camp for the Lithuania team will start July 3rd until July 15th. They will practice and train everyday with 4 friendly games scheduled.

“My time in Atlanta was the best choice I could of made and my best season in my career. The facilities are the best I’ve seen from the gym to the rink and couldn’t have asked for a better staff to prepare me for the next phase of my life” said Laukaitis. 

Laukaitis continued, “ Our team was a true team and the players believed in one of another. It was truly a testament to how the coaches approached each day and how being a good teammate was the most important thing and I’ll take that with me forever”. 

Another call up to the NAHL- Trazzera to Brahmas

6’2 185lbs Frank Trazzera has been called up to the Lone Star Brahmas for the rest of the season. Trazzera who is originally from Keller, TX started the season with Lone Star throughout training camp before reporting to Atlanta. He registered 7 goals, 12 assists for 19 points with a +21 in 38 games in first full season of junior hockey with the Capitals as a 1998 birth year. 

Trazzera saw game action this weekend with the Lone Star Brahmas against Odessa registering a -1 and 2 PIM in 2 games.

“Frank is a great person first and foremost, he’s well liked by his teammates and that is a credit to his tight knit family background. He’s an extremely hard worker and is not afraid to go into the dirty areas and take a beaten at such a young age. He’s got a bright future ahead of him and the Capitals organization wishes him best of luck” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

Trazzera is the 4th Capitals player to find his way onto a NAHL roster this season joining, Colin O’connor, Arturas Lauitkis and Tristan Foltz. Phil Pugliese has also signed a tender agreement with the Topeka Roadrunners for next season. 

GAME 2 GOES TO BRAHMAS IN TIGHT 3-2 GAME

The game between Texas and Atlanta was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Texas emerged with a 3-2 win.

Texas gained the winning advantage on a goal by Sam Gagnon 17:45 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.

 

With the win, Texas avoided elimination to make the series score 1-1 in the best of three series.

Texas was led by Gagnon, who grabbed one goal.

Texas' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Atlanta power plays.

Texas additionally got points from Bryan Whelan, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Texas also got a goal from George Hansen as well. Other players who recorded assists for Texas were Nick Nitta, who had two and Brock Brown and Ryan Dunner, who each chipped in one.

Atlanta's offense rang up 47 shots on Texas' net. Atlanta's penalty kill unit could not stop Texas' power play, which converted on two of three opportunities.

Atlanta was helped by Ross Bartlett, who had one goal. Bartlett scored 7:05 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Colin OConnor picked up the assist. Evan Camba also scored for Atlanta. More assists for Atlanta came via Andrew Cooley, who had one.

Tyler Myers made 45 saves for Texas on 47 shots. Texas incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Aleksandr Zendejas rejected 18 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.  

"It was a tight game, not the outcome we had hoped for but we need to have a short memory and be ready for the game 3 opportunity" said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

CAPS TAKE GAME 1 FROM BRAHMAS IN BEST OF 3

Atlanta had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over Texas.

After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Texas faces elimination next time out.

Philip Pugliese had a great game for Atlanta, netting two goals. Pugliese found the back of the net short handed 8:58 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Atlanta and again while 18:40 into the first to make the score 3-0 Atlanta.

Atlanta put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Texas to score on any of its five power plays. Atlanta's offense rang up 36 shots on Texas' net.

Others who scored for Atlanta included Arturas LaukaitisAlex Johanson, and Ross Bartlett, who each put in one. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Jesse BrownRyan Dumond, and Colin OConnor, who contributed one each and Kyle Rimbach and Evan Camba, who each chipped in two.

Texas excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances.

Texas was led by Jacob Elrod, who scored the team's only goal. Elrod scored 13:06 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Atlanta. Kyle Gallowaypicked up the assist.

Aleksandr Zendejas made 18 saves for Atlanta on 19 shots. Atlanta incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Brandon Perrone recorded 31 saves for Texas. Texas incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.  

"Proud of how we competed today. Still a lot of hockey left in this series, we can enjoy this one for a short period but need to have a short memory and be ready for tomorrow's game" said Assistant Coach Vinny Bohn.

 

8-0 WIN IN ANOTHER SHUTOUT PERFORMANCE

Evan Camba netted a hat trick to lead Atlanta over Louisiana, 8-0.

Camba's first goal came 10:55 into the first period. He then added goals at 7:06 into the third and at 17:07 into the third.

 

Atlanta forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game Atlanta had been spending in the box. Atlanta stifled Louisiana's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Atlanta's defensive play was more effective than usual against Louisiana. Atlanta averages 2.7 goals allowed per game. Atlanta's offense rang up 47 shots on Louisiana's net. Atlanta found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Atlanta has scored at the pace of 5.8 goals per game during the current campaign.

Atlanta also got points from Jacob Roers, who also had one goal and three assists and Dylan Wattles, who also registered two goals and three assists to lead the team in points. Atlanta also had goals scored by Steve MacIver and Alex Johanson, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Atlanta were Aleksi Hoivala, who had two and Philip PuglieseJack CleaverDrake CartwrightArturas LaukaitisFrank TrazzeraJesse Brown, and Ryan Dumond, who each chipped in one.

Louisiana racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with eight minors and two majors for 46 minutes in penalty time. Louisiana surpassed its season average of 23.0 penalty minutes per game. Louisiana was held below its usual level of production. Louisiana puts an average of 2.3 pucks into the net per game. Atlanta's defense shut down Louisiana's forwards for much of the game, and Louisiana got off only 10 shots during the contest.

Corey Boettcher rejected 10 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta registered two goals on six power play opportunities. Louisiana's Santeri Seppinenstopped 39 shots out of the 47 that he faced. Louisiana registered zero goals on three power play opportunities.  

"This weekend was another step in the right direction for our hockey club. Proud of how our team kept focus on getting better and building into next weekend and playoffs. We will get ready this week for our last regular season weekend with the goal on building towards our end goal" said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

CAPS DRILL HOME 6 IN WIN OVER DRILLERS

Atlanta's Alex Johanson had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing two assists in his team's 6-0 win over Louisiana. 

Johanson scored 3:40 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Atlanta. Arturas Laukaitis picked up the assist. Johanson dished an assist on Laukaitis' goal that made the score 2-0 Atlanta at 11:12 into the first period. He added another helper on Kyle Rimbach's goal that made the score 5-0 Atlanta at 7:07 into the second period.

Atlanta forced Louisiana's netminders to work in net, finishing with 44 shots and forcing 38 saves. Sean Angle made 17 stops and Santeri Seppinenmade 21. Atlanta's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Louisiana power plays. Atlanta's defensive play was more effective than usual against Louisiana. Atlanta averages 2.8 goals allowed per game.

Atlanta additionally got points from Rimbach, who also racked up one goal and two assists and Laukaitis, who also registered two goals and one assist. Others who scored for Atlanta included Riley Hummitsch and Ross Bartlett, who scored one goal each. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Jacob RoersDrew KellyJack Cleaver, and Jesse Brown, who contributed one each.

Louisiana was held below its usual level of production. Louisiana puts an average of 2.3 pucks into the net per game. Louisiana's offense was handcuffed by Atlanta's defensive play, and Louisiana managed only seven shots on goal during the game.

Aleksandr Zendejas made seven saves for Atlanta on seven shots. Atlanta incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Louisiana incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.