MADISON — The Alliant Energy Center has become a bit of a house of horrors after a perfect season last year. The Capitols recovered from allowing the tying goal late in the third period to get a goal from Mick Messner on an overtime power play to lead Madison to the 4-3 win on Saturday night.
Messner ripped a shot from the right circle that evaded the reach of Fighting Saints goaltender Jaxon Castor and nipped the top shelf for the OT winner. The chance came after a couple opportunities for Dubuque to end the game, but unable to do so, Madison did the deed.
Colin Theisen got the game to the extra session following a Verners Egle tally in the third period. Cole Guttman and Zach Solow worked the puck through serious traffic, and Theisen opened up his stick blade on the back post and fired a shot past Dryden McKay to tie the game at 3.
Both teams exchanged tallies in the first and second periods, as Austin Rueschhoff responded to a Messner goal late in the first period, and Patrick Kudla’s goal gave the Fighting Saints a momentary lead in the second before being washed out by a Noah Weber power play marker to tie it up at 2.
Rueschhoff’s goal followed Messner’s by just 18 seconds, and it led to a 1-1 tie heading into the room. Weber’s goal responded to Kudla’s early goal with just minutes left in the second.
Madison’s penalty kill stifled the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ power play at every turn. With four opportunities, including two in the second period alone, they were unable to convert. Madison, however, broke through Dubuque’s traditionally strong PK with two power play goals of their own.
Castor ended the night with 20 saves in the OT loss. McKay won consecutive decisions with 30 saves on the night.
The Saints will go back after it on Sunday afternoon for Sunday Funday at Our House. Check out all of the action starting at a special Sunday time of 3:05 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.