A NEW ERA...The Madison Capitols enter the year with a new director behind the bench. Garrett Suter, the younger brother of chairman and owner of the Capitols, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, takes over for Troy G. Ward. Suter has seen a wonderful amount of success lately for the Caps, including a good stretch that includes two wins over the top-ranked team in the league, the Chicago Steel.
GO EAST...Acquired from Fargo after eight fruitless games with the Force, Easton Brodzinski is on a streak that seemingly defies all logic. He has scored nine goals in his first seven games with the Capitols. Three of them came last night in a natural, first-period hat trick over the Steel, and three more came in the previous game against Muskegon a week ago. He is shooting a ridiculous 34.6% with the Caps.
PIECING TOGETHER A STREAK...Tonight, the Dubuque Fighting Saints find themselves in possession of a three-game winning streak—their longest of the season. The Saints had two prior two-game winning streaks dating between 9/24 and 9/30, and 10/21 through 10/22. Winners of four of the last five, and with standings points in five of the last six, the Saints have a game in hand on their primary competitors for second and third, and are in striking distance of Muskegon and Green Bay.
HE’S PRETTY McKAY...Maksim Zhukov was always going to be the guy in Green Bay, so Dryden McKay needed a place to go. Enter, Madison. The Holy Cross commit owns the league’s fourth-best save percentage (.935). McKay has won three of his last four starts, to the tune of a 1.73 GAA and a .948 save percentage. That streak included two very quality wins over the best team in the league, Chicago.
JUMPING JAXON...The incredible season for Fighting Saints goaltender Jaxon Castor rolls along. His back-to-back shutouts have brought him up to three on the year, which is tied for most in the league. His 1.81 GAA ranks fourth in the league. Dating back to 10/29, during his 4-1-1 stretch, Castor has a 1.11 GAA, the second-lowest in the league in that span, and an outrageous .949 save percentage.
A “MAD”DENING STREAK...When it comes to the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Madison Capitols, it has been all Saints in this all-time season series. In no way was this more apparent than last season’s 6-0-0 mark. All-time, Dubuque has won 10 of 12 meetings, and has never lost in regulation time. Does this incredible dominance continue into the 2016–17 season?
THE IRON CURTAIN...Dubuque’s penalty kill continues to stay steady as the second-best unit in the league. Of the last 45 opportunities, the Saints have killed off 44 for a staggering 97.7% success rate. Last night’s game was the busiest they were during this incredible streak, having killed off all seven chances the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders had in the game.
HULTS-A-MANIA...It took third-year defenseman Cole Hults 74 games into his USHL career to mark his first USHL goal, a game-winner over Chicago. And of course, in incredible fashion, he picked up his second goal in as many games the following weekend against Team USA.