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Caps Top Bulldogs 6-5 In Shootout Win

Caps Top Bulldogs 6-5 In Shootout Win

    A traffic-jam-delayed start, a mountain of penalties, and a last-minute-game-tying goal by the Bulldogs couldn’t slow the Capitals fast and furious start in the NA3HL on Saturday night. After holding a two point lead in the third, Topeka was forced into overtime and out gunned Chicago in a shootout 6-5.

    After arriving late due to an interstate pile-up in Missouri, the Bulldogs were greeted with Georgy Ostapchuk’s unassisted goal at 6:07 of the first, staking the Caps to an early lead. A minute later, the Bulldogs evened the game at one by way of a Matt Kostopoulos netter at 7:08. Ostapchuk was whistled for holding moments later leaving the Caps on the defensive. Sort of. While Chicago goaltender Michael Paku was behind the net clearing the puck on the power play, Tyler Brady (assisted by Dante Juris) snuck in front and slipped the puck into the empty net to restore the Capital lead. And with time winding down in the first, Nick Manney (assisted by Brady at 18:10) increased the Caps lead to 3-1.

    This back and forth continued into the second as Jarret Walt cut it to 3-2 at 2:33. Not to be outdone, Yu Hikosaka (assisted by Juris and Jaydn Munnelly at 14:25) split the pipes to make it 4-2 Caps. Brady would find the back of the goal again (assisted by Hikosaka and Nick White at 15:16), stretching the edge to an almost insurmountable 5-2. The Bulldogs bore down at the end of the period as Tyler Dalton’s score narrowed the game to 5-3.

    The Bulldogs began chipping away at the Caps lead with a goal by Trevor Foley at 2:45. And just when it seemed the Caps might eek this one out in regulation, Kostopoulos knotted the game at five with only 38 seconds left (extra attacker, unassisted) sending the contest into overtime. That the score was tied in regulation was remarkable largely because the Caps incurred 47 penalty minutes resulting in 10 power plays for the visiting Bulldogs. By comparison, Topeka enjoyed only two power plays for the game but nevertheless were able to kill all but one of the 10 penalties against them.

    Overtime passed without incident and both teams were sent to the line for a shootout. White scored on his first attempt after Kostopoulos was denied by Jude Hull. On their third attempt, the Caps’ Brady made it 2-0 with a nifty shot past Paku, forcing the Bulldogs to make their final two penalty shots to extend the shootout. Foley did his part but Daniel Marotz was stymied by Hull on the final attempt, handing the Capitals their first ever shootout victory.

    The Capitals and Bulldogs will do battle again Sunday morning at 11am at Landon Arena. Tickets are only $5 and parking is free. For more information on Topeka Capitals tickets and future games, call 785-286-7825, follow the team on Facebook, or visit www.topekacapitals.com.

Caps Sweep The Stars 4-0

 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.

    For more information on the upcoming games for your Topeka Capitals, call 785-286-PUCK or visit www.topekacapitals.com.

Capitals Set Records in Franchise Opening Win

Capitals Set Records in Franchise Opening Win

    A lot of firsts tonight at Landon Arena; The first franchise goal, the first successful penalty kill, the first power play goal, the first win for first-time head coach Anthony Bohn, and the first win in franchise history. Add in the fact that the Caps set a league record for attendance with 1,502 fans and you could call this a pretty successful opener as they routed the Junior Stars 7-1.

    “The people of Topeka showed tremendous support,” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. “It was a great feeling for our players and our fans. We need to stay focused on tomorrow [morning’s 11am] game and continue to get better.”

    Nick White became an instant Capitals trivia question answer when he scored the first goal in franchise history at 2:59 in the first period (assisted by Kole Hudson and Georgy Ostapchuk). Nick Rizzo doubled the score less than five minutes later when he beat Stars goaltender Link Ferch with a shot (assisted Nick Greco at 7:32) and the Caps finished their first period in existence with a 2-0 lead.

    Wasting no time in the second, Nick Manney (assisted by Yu Kikosaka at 1:27) stretched the lead to three with another goal scored by a guy named Nick. All together, the Nicks tallied seven points for the Caps which factored greatly in the final score, but we’ll get to that later. The Junior Stars got onto the board at 3:21 of the second, scoring their only goal of the game (Jake Huspen assisted by Raurie Petrich and Jake Gevaart).

    Topeka goalie Jude Hall had a banner night, stopping 33 of 34 shots in the win. Not that he needed to be quite that sharp as his team exploded in the third with four more goals. Hardijis Kupaks (unassisted at 4:52), Yu Kikosaka (power play goal assisted by Nick Manney and Nick Rizzo at 12:33), Kupaks again (assisted by Georgy Ostapchuk at 14:29), and Ostapchuck with an empty net short hander (assisted by Nick White at 18:06) finished the record-setting-crowd-pleaser with a score of 7-1.

    Topeka and Dallas tangle again tomorrow morning at 11am at Landon Arena. The doors open at 10am, tickets are only $5, and parking is free. RoadRunners Season Ticket Holders get in the games free as well. For more information on tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit www.topekacapitals.com.