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WEEKEND SERIES SWEEP RECAP VS CINCINNATI

GAME 1- FRIDAY 2/26

Colin OConnor gave Atlanta a 6-5 (OT) victory over Cincinnati when he scored 4:37 into the extra period.

Atlanta overcame a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Atlanta was down 3-0 after a goal by Cincinnati's Albert Janele at 5:22 in the second period. Atlanta tied things up at 5-5 on a goal by Kyle Rimbach at 19:05 in the third period.

Rimbach had a great game for Atlanta, netting two goals.

Atlanta put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of its three power plays. Cincinnati was unable to stop Atlanta from sending pucks towards the net, and Atlanta eventually piled up 73 shots on goal. Atlanta got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game. Atlanta could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

Atlanta additionally got points from Andrew Cooley, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Arturas Laukaitis, who also grabbed one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and OConnor, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Ryan Dumond also scored for Atlanta. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Jack Cleaver, who had two and Riley HummitschPhilip PuglieseSteve MacIverDylan Wattles, and Ross Bartlett, who contributed one each.

Cincinnati was led by Arsenii Vashchuk, who had one goal and one assist. Vashchuk scored 12:56 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Cincinnati. Janele assisted on the tally. Cincinnati also got points from Janele, who also registered one goal and one assist and Kyle Kinnaman, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Cincinnati also had goals scored by Jacob Friedman and Tyler Simon, who each put in one. More assists for Cincinnati came via Trevor Veneklase, who had two and Hunter SchneiderSamuel DorffJustin BioniRory Callihan, and Cobin Sanborn, who each chipped in one.

Corey Boettcher made 19 saves before being replaced by Aleksandr Zendejas, who took the win and made four saves. Atlanta registered one goal on three power play opportunities. Tyler Geloneck made 67 saves for Cincinnati on 73 shots. Cincinnati incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.

GAME 2 SATURDAY 2/27

Atlanta won 7-3 over Cincinnati.

Atlanta forced Cincinnati's goalies to work all game long, taking 41 shots and forcing 34 saves. Daniel Dolliver made 16 stops and Tyler Geloneck made 18.

Atlanta was helped by Evan Camba, who tallied one goal and one assist. Camba scored 3:25 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Atlanta. Riley Hummitsch picked up the assist. Atlanta also got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also registered one goal and one assist, Philip Pugliese, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Alex Johanson, who also had one goal and one assist, and Dylan Wattles, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Atlanta also had goals scored by Frank Trazzera and Jesse Brown, who each put in one. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Arturas Laukaitis, who had two and Jack CleaverDrake CartwrightSteve MacIverRyan Dumond, and Ross Bartlett, who contributed one each.

Cincinnati was led by Hunter Schneider, who registered two goals and one assist. Schneider scored the first of his two goals at 13:00 into the second period to make the score 5-1 Atlanta. Schneider's next tally made the score 6-2 Atlanta with 4:46 left in the second period. Arsenii Vashchuk provided the assist. Albert Janele also scored for Cincinnati. Other players who recorded assists for Cincinnati were Justin Bioni, who had one.

Atlanta's Aleksandr Zendejas stopped 19 shots out of the 22 that he faced. Atlanta incurred 42 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Cincinnati incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.  

"Friday night we got to a slow start but responded in a positive way and kept playing. The will to not let a game slip away and battle for the two points was impressive, it shows the strength of character in the room. It was also a learning experience that we can't put ourskeves in a hole early. Saturday, we came out and learned from Friday night with a few goals to put us ahead early. It was nice to see some guys get rewarded who were close to scoring Friday night. Overall it was a solid weekend and we need to keep getting better down stretch into playoffs" said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

 

CAPS TAKE DOWN JR. PREDS 6-1

Atlanta was led by Andrew Cooley, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Cooley scored on the power play 1:09 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Atlanta. Kyle Rimbach provided the assist.

Atlanta forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 16.0 minutes per game Atlanta had been spending in the box. Atlanta forced Nashville's netminders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, getting 33 shots and forcing 27 saves. Nicholas Ottenbacher made 18 stops and Ricky Gonzalez made nine. Atlanta stifled Nashville's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.

Atlanta also got points from Arturas Laukaitis, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Atlanta also had goals scored by Riley HummitschDrake CartwrightAlex Johanson, and Ryan Dumond, who scored one goal each. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Drew KellyJesse BrownRoss Bartlett, and Colin OConnor, who each chipped in one and Philip Pugliese and Evan Camba, who contributed two each.

Nashville's penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 11 minors and one major for 47 minutes in penalty time. Nashville surpassed its season average of 15.0 penalty minutes per game. Nashville's offense operated below its season average. Nashville puts an average of 3.9 pucks into the net per game.

Corey Boettcher rejected 22 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta registered one goal on 10 power play opportunities. Nashville registered zero goals on six power play opportunities. 

“Full team effort from our group, extremely proud of our response factor after facing some adversity all weekend. This is something we need to continue to build on and stay the path heading into the final stretch of the schedule” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

 

JOHANSON WITH 3 IN CAPS 8-3 WIN VS BOLTS

Evansville could not stop Atlanta's Alex Johanson, who tallied a hat trick in an 8-3 win.

Johanson's first goal came 12:01 into the first period. He then added goals at 17:17 into the second and at 7:08 into the third.

Atlanta forced Evansville goalie Adam Conkling to work between the pipes, taking 57 shots. Atlanta found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Atlanta has scored at the pace of 5.7 goals per game during the current campaign. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with four goals.

Atlanta additionally got points from Andrew Cooley, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Riley Hummitsch, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Atlanta included Jack CleaverRoss Bartlett, and Colin OConnor, who each put in one. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Arturas Laukaitis, who had two, Kyle Rimbach and Dylan Wattles, who each chipped in one, and Philip Pugliese and Evan Camba, who contributed three each.

Evansville was led by Cedric Calhoun, who registered one goal and one assist. Calhoun scored 16:43 into the second period to make the score 5-1 Atlanta. Jon Grimm provided the assist. Evansville also had goals scored by Brandon Bornkamp and Scott Jacobson, who scored one goal each. More assists for Evansville came via Ben Baker and Mathieu Laforest, who each chipped in one.

Aleksandr Zendejas rejected 17 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Conkling recorded 49 saves for Evansville. Evansville incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors.

CAPS BEST BOLTS 5-2 IN OPENING WEEKEND GAME

Atlanta beat Evansville, 5-2.

Atlanta's offense rang up 48 shots on Evansville's net. Atlanta's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Atlanta was helped by Jesse Brown, who had one goal. Brown scored 18:18 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Atlanta. Jack Cleaver provided the assist. Atlanta additionally got points from Drew Kelly, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Arturas Laukaitis, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Atlanta included Andrew Cooley and Kyle Rimbach, who scored one goal each. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Riley Hummitsch, who had two and Philip PuglieseEvan Camba, and Colin OConnor, who each chipped in one.

Evansville kept Atlanta's goalie busy throughout the game, and Corey Boettcher made 31 saves on 33 shots. Evansville got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.

Evansville was led by Triston Theriot, who registered one goal. Theriot scored on the power play 17:46 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Atlanta. Evansville had gotten the advantage when Atlanta's Rimbach was sent off for tripping. Mathieu Laforest assisted on the tally. Brian Crink also scored for Evansville. More assists for Evansville came via Brandon Rozema and Brandon Bornkamp, who contributed one each.

Atlanta incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Evansville's Bryson Lindenburgh stopped 43 shots out of the 48 that he faced. Evansville incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.

“We played just ok tonight, thought our compete level and execution could have been a little better. Big picture thinking, we did some good things that will make us better and we are now two points closer to one of our team goals. We need to be ready to play an executed game plan for a full 60 minutes tonight” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

ANOTHER CAPITAL TO TOPEKA

Atlanta Capitals are proud to announce that Defensemen Tristan Foltz has been called up to the Topeka Roadrunners. 

The 6’1, Michigan native, started the season with Topeka and came to Atlanta to gain valuable playing experience this season at the junior level. In 10 games with the Capitals he amassed one assist.

“Tristan was in a unique situation and after conversations with the staff in Topeka, as an organization we decided this would be a good path for him. He worked hard and took advantage of our facilities to earn an opportunity back with Topeka. We were happy to see his progress over the 10 games he was with us and wish him best of luck on his second tour with Topeka” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

Foltz will be in the line-up this week as Topeka takes on Corpus Christi Ice Rays. 

Tristan Foltz is the third member called up this season to the Topeka Roadrunners. The other two are Arturas Lauitkis and Colin O'Connor. 

THE LITHUANIAN LIGHTNING STRIKES 3 IN CAPS WIN

Arturas Laukaitis netted a hat trick to lead Atlanta over Nashville, 5-2.

Laukaitis got on the scoresheet 5:26 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:20 into the first and at 9:27 into the second.

Atlanta excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. Atlanta's offense rang up 34 shots on Nashville's net.

Atlanta also got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also registered one goal and one assist. Jacob Roers also scored for Atlanta. Other players who recorded assists for Atlanta were Alex Johanson, who had two and Riley HummitschPhilip PuglieseSteve MacIverRoss Bartlett, and Colin OConnor, who contributed one each.

Nashville forced Atlanta goalie Aleksandr Zendejas to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Nashville's normally stingy defense allowed more goals than usual. Nashville averages 2.5 goals allowed per game.

Nashville was helped by Logan Orem, who racked up one goal. Orem scored 4:58 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Max Dorfman provided the assist. Nashville additionally got points from Dorfman, who also had one goal and one assist. In addition, Nashville received assists from Colton Anderson, who had one.

Zendejas rejected 34 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Nashville's Ricky Gonzalez stopped 29 shots out of the 34 that he faced. Nashville incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.

“We played well and happy with our compete level tonight. We have a short turnaround playing at 3:00pm tomorrow, we have to refocus and be ready for another good effort” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.  

RIMBACH COMMITS TO ST. OLAF UNIVERSITY

The Atlanta Capitals are proud to announce the college commitment of Kyle Rimbach to St. Olaf University of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

The second year forward that hails from San Diego, California, has totalled in 74 games, 36 goals and 52 assists for 82 points.  Rimbach competed in the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects tournament as a representative of the South Division.

“Our organization is extremely proud of Kyle and this accomplishment. He is a special player who competes at such a high level, and coming from a strong family background, which makes him an even better person.  He will be an asset on and off the ice for St. Olaf University and as an organization that is what we strive to accomplish with every player that comes through our program” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn. 

KELLY EXPLODES IN ANOTHER CAPS WIN

Drew Kelly was all over the ice for Atlanta, as he tallied two goals and one assist in Atlanta's 5-2 win over Evansville.

Kelly's tallies came at 13:06 into the first period to make the score 1-1 and 5:30 into the third to make the score 3-2 Atlanta.

Atlanta's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Evansville power plays. Evansville was unable to stop Atlanta from sending pucks towards the net, and Atlanta eventually piled up 36 shots on goal. Atlanta's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Atlanta additionally got points from Artus Laukaitis, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Atlanta also had goals scored by Jacob Roers and Evan Camba, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Atlanta were Colin OConnor, who had two and Riley HummitschPhilip Pugliese,Steve MacIverAlex JohansonJesse Brown, and Dylan Wattles, who each chipped in one.

Evansville's penalty kill was ineffective, and let in two goals to Atlanta's power play unit.

Evansville was helped by Kyle Nikles, who finished with one goal. Nikles scored 9:31 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Evansville. Brandon Bornkamp provided the assist. Evansville also got a goal from William Bonser as well. More assists for Evansville came via Scott Jacobson, who had one.

Parks Ownesby made 15 saves for Atlanta on 17 shots. Atlanta incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Evansville's Adam Conklingstopped 31 shots out of the 36 that he faced. Evansville incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors.

“It’s always a good way to start with two wins after a long break, Evansville effort does reflect their record, they always play us tough. Happy to come away with a lot of positives from the weekend and we need to build off them and move forward to the upcoming weekend” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

CAPS DOWN BOLTS 6-1

Alex Johanson grabbed one point to lead Atlanta to a 6-1 victory over Evansville.

Atlanta's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Evansville power plays. Atlanta's offense rang up 50 shots on Evansville's net.

Others who scored for Atlanta included Evan Camba, who had two and Artus LaukaitisJesse Brown, and Colin OConnor, who each put in one.

 More assists for Atlanta came via Riley HummitschKyle RimbachSteve MacIverFrank Trazzera, and Ryan Dumond, who each chipped in one and Philip PuglieseDrake Cartwright, and Dylan Wattles, who contributed two each.

Evansville was led by Brandon Rozema, who scored the team's only goal. Rozema scored 14:10 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Zach Faith assisted on the tally.

Alekandr Zendejas made 21 saves for Atlanta on 22 shots. Atlanta incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Adam Conkling rejected 44 shots on goal for Evansville. Evansville incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.  

“Our effort is what separated us tonight, its impressive when a group of guys can play for one another. It’s a good start to the second half and now we have to keep moving forward. Today’s game is an entirely different animal and we have to make the choice to attack it the same way” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

ARTIE AFFILIATED BY ROADRUNNERS

The Atlanta Capitals of the NA3HL are proud to announce that forward Artus Laukaitis has been called up and affiliated to play for the Topeka Roadrunners. This is Laukaitis’ first season with the Capitals organization and first game action with the Roadrunners this season.

“He is our second player seeing game action this season with the Roadrunners which shows the strength of our organizational structure from top to bottom” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.

So far this season the 6'1/200lbs forward Laukaitis has registered 20 goals, 22 assists for 42 points in just 26 games in the first half of the schedule for the Capitals. His 42 points puts him tied 4th in the league scoring race with Capitals own Alex Johanson.  

 “Artie is a fluid skater with a great skill set. His size, combined with his speed, allows him to go into areas and make plays that you don’t see often. He is such a talented player but even a better person and locker room guy, like all of our players in Atlanta. We wish him all the luck and hope for his continued development,” said Bohn.  

Artus will be in Topeka this weekend and available to play vs. the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.