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Capitols Hold On for Overtime Victory

By Jordan Kuhns, 11/19/16, 10:15PM CST

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Nick Austin’s OT goal comes 13 seconds into the extra session

MADISON — The Madison Capitols, 13 games into the season series since the team’s re-entry into the USHL, still has not beaten the Dubuque Fighting Saints in regulation time. However, they did end up with the 5-4 overtime triumph over the Saints on Nick Austin’s goal 13 seconds into the extra session. Dubuque took three of four possible standings points on the weekend.

Austin was the recipient of an Easton Brodzinski pass in the left circle, and his one-time rocket ripped past Dubuque goaltender Jaxon Castor, who took his second overtime loss of the season.

It took a full third period effort to tie the game up down 4-3 in the third period. Patrick Kudla, the recipient of a fortuitous bounce, teed up a shot from the right circle that evaded Dryden McKay with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time. The two teams let the game go to the extra session, where it would end.

The game started in chaotic fashion. Michael Boyle tallied twice for the Saints, and Zach Solow kept his point streak going at eight games with a power play goal in the latter stages in the first period. Vincent de Mey and Kevin O’Neil responded for Madison, who had a brief lead for about three minutes elapsed time.

Solow’s goal, a game in which he extended his streak to points in 11 of the last 12 games, came following a chance from the Caps at one end. Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi broke up the play at one end, and Colin Theisen sent Solow rocketing into the offensive zone with a ripper to the top shelf.

The second period belonged to Madison. Not only did they outshoot the Fighting Saints 8-6, but they got goals from leading-scorer Easton Brodzinski, his tenth of the season on the power play, and de Mey, who capitalized at even strength.

Dubuque remains 10-0-3 against the Capitols since the 2014–15 season.

The Fighting Saints return home for two games. Wednesday, the Thanksgiving Family Four Pack Night, and Skate With the Saints, is against the rival Bloomington Thunder for a 7:05 p.m. start. The Four Pack includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 small sodas, and 2 foam hockey sticks, starting at just $48. Online orders can use the promo code “thanks,” and will be available by calling the box office at 563.583.6880.

Friday’s game features the Kids Meal Deal, where any ticket purchased for a child 12 years of age or younger will receive a slice of Papa John’s pizza, a small soda, and chips, absolutely free.