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Caps are comeback kids again, beat Green Bay in shootout

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Green Bay, WI – The Madison Capitols (7-6-3) rallied from a 3-2 deficit to force overtime and beat the Green Bay Gamblers (6-8-2) in a shootout, 4-3, at the Resch Center on Saturday.

The Capitols picked up where they left off on Friday by opening the scoring off a successful penalty kill. Right as Robby Fosdick was exiting the penalty box, he raced down the left wing boards and fired a shot on Green Bay goalie Jason Pawloski. After making the initial save, Pawloski left a rebound, and Freddy Gerard pounced on it to backhand it past the Gambler goalie to give Madison the 1-0 lead at 6:09.

Green Bay responded at 11:22, as Christopher Brown picked up a turnover and fed Jake Kauppila for a one-timer from the high slot that beat Capitols goaltender Darren Smith to deadlock the score, 1-1.

Madison then was able to make good on a late period power play as Haralds Egle found his way to the goal-scoring club for a fourth straight game. Standing with his feet below the goal line in the left wing corner, from almost the identical spot where he scored on Friday, he banked the puck in off of Pawloski to make it 2-1 Madison at 18:53. The Latvian born forward has now scored in all four meetings between the Capitols and Gamblers this season.

The Gamblers then responded with a strong second period, as forward Brent Gates Jr. turned into a machine in the middle period. First, Gates one-timed a perfect Brian Bowen pass into the net on a power play at 4:38 of the period, tying the game, 2-2.

Gates was not done, though, as just over ten minutes later, he used his size to screen Smith to give Green Bay the lead. R.J. Gicewicz launched a wrist shot from the left point, and Gates knocked it into the goal out of mid-air to make it 3-2 at 14:38.

At the other end, the Capitols were snake-bitten by posts and missed chances, as Mitch Hults clanged iron twice against his former teammate Pawloski.

Green Bay and Madison played the first half of the game's final frame to a stalemate, and the Capitols needed a break to claw their way back. They received that in the form of a too-many-men penalty on the Gamblers. With the man advantage clicking on this particular evening, Egle found a streaking Tyler Nanne off the right post to even the score, 3-3, with 5:22 to go.

For the second straight night, 60 minutes were not enough, and in turn, neither were 65 minutes, as neither team could dent the score sheet in overtime.

Once again, it only took one shootout hero for the Capitols. After Nanne and Daniel Willett were both stopped by Pawloski, Will Johnson came in down the left wing side and snapped a quick wrister past the goalie's glove.

At the other end, Smith went 3-for-3 in shootout saves for the second time in just over 24 hours' time to preserve the Madison win, picking up his third straight victory in the process.

The Gamblers and Capitols renew acquaintances in Madison on Wednesday night in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and action can be heard on 106.7 FM, 1670 AM, The Zone, in Madison, or online at

Madison will also host Dubuque for a Black Friday home matchup on Friday, Nov. 28. All three of those games have a start time of 7:05 p.m. For each of these Thanksgiving Week games only, fans can call (608) 257-CAPS (2277) and learn how to purchase Family 4 Packs, featuring 4 upper level tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, and 4 popcorns for just $39.

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