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Capitols lose at home to Chicago Steel 2-1

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Madison, WI– Despite Will Johnson's third goal of the weekend, the Madison Capitols could not solve the Chicago Steel, falling 2-1 on Sunday at the Alliant Energy Center.

The Capitols were unable to duplicate their quick starts of each of the past two nights, but they did keep Chicago off the board through the game's opening 20 minutes, as Garrett Metcalf continued to be solid in the net for Madison in his second straight start, stopping all seven shots fired his way.

Madison also fell victim to the crossbar on two occasions, as both Ryan Lohin and Alec Vanko saw wrist shot attempts ping off the iron behind Chicago goaltender Cale Morris.

The stalemate carried over throughout much of the second period, with both teams unable to connect on power play chances. Then, in 4-on-4 hockey late in the period, Chicago finally broke the deadlock. Zach Osburn picked up a Madison turnover in the high slot, flung it at the goal, and Tanner Laczynski chopped the rebound past Metcalf to put the Steel up, 1-0, at 18:21.

The second period saw a distinct offensive advantage on the Chicago side, with the Steel firing 19 shots at the Capitols' net.

Chicago carried over a late power play from the second period into the third, and ultimately put the deciding marker on the scoreboard. John Schilling found a loose puck in the crease area and was able to backhand the puck over a sprawled Metcalf to give the Steel the 2-0 edge just 56 seconds into the final period.

Johnson kept the Capitols from being shut out by scoring on a breakaway at 9:25 on the forehand to bring Madison back to within a goal at 2-1. The Capitols had a power play chance in the game's final moments, but Morris and the Steel were able to keep Madison off the board and preserve the victory behind their goaltender's 26 saves.

The Capitols take to the road once again on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8 to face the Waterloo Black Hawks and Sioux City Musketeers respectively. The two 7:00 p.m. starts can be heard in their entirety on 106.7 FM, 1670 AM, The Zone in Madison or online at www.madcitysportszone.com.

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