MADISON, WI – The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, are partnering with Second Harvest Foodbank for a peanut butter and jelly food drive during the organization’s Home Opener against the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday, October 14.
Fans who donate new, unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly as they enter the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center for the Capitols game against the Gamblers on October 14 will receive a free ticket to a future game this season, and they will be entered to win a luxury suite for the Capitols game on Wednesday, December 28.
“The Capitols are thrilled to partner with Second Harvest Foodbank for this awesome food drive on our Home Opener,” said Capitols Account Executive Nick Chacos. “We want to help raise awareness, funds, and food for a great organization and for a great cause.”
Fans can purchase special $16 tickets to the Home Opener from a special Second Harvest Foodbank ticket link. Every ticket purchased through this link, $3 will be donated back to the food bank. To help support the Second Harvest Foodbank, purchase your tickets for the game at: https:///madcaps.isportstix.com/order/group/SecondHarvest/.
The Capitols will drop the puck on their third season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum with their Home Opener, presented by Alliant Energy, against the Gamblers on Friday, October 14. The first 500 fans will receive a rally towel, courtesy of Alliant Energy. Season tickets, 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages, Flex Packs, and Group tickets are now available! For more information, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Madison Capitols edged the Youngstown Phantoms, 3-2, in front of 845 fans at the Covelli Center on Saturday night.
Madison (2-2-0-) is tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with four points. Youngstown (3-2-0) is tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with six points.
“I was very proud of the way the boys responded,” said Capitols’ Head Coach and General Manager Garrett Suter. “As a coaching staff, we made it clear that the effort from yesterday was unacceptable, and we challenged them, especially our leaders, to step up tonight and they did. We were disciplined in all aspects of the game. The effort was there and our leaders led the charge. The line of Fadyeyev, Sadlocha, and Messner stepped up big tonight to lead our offensive push.
‘Konur Peterson was in the line-up tonight for the first time this season. It created a lot of energy and he was rewarded with his first goal in the USHL. It was also Eugene’s birthday today, and I was really happy for the boys to get the win, and him to come out with a couple of points as well. Again, I was very proud of the boys tonight with their response and this game will serve as a blueprint of how we need to play consistently to give ourselves a chance to win every night.”
Forward Eugene Fadyeyev gave the Capitols the 3-2 lead at 17:35 of the middle frame. Forward Kamil Sadlocha collected the puck high in the Phantoms’ zone, and found Fadyeyev in the left face-off circle. Fadyeyev fired a one-timer into the top right corner of the net behind Youngstown goaltender Darion Hanson. Defenseman Robby Fosdick earned an assist on Fadyeyev’s first career game-winning-goal.
Forward Alex Esposito opened the scoring and put the Phantoms on the board at 8:52 of the first period. Esposito wristed a shot from the right doorstep that snuck between the legs of Capitols’ goaltender Dryden McKay. Forwards Brett Murray and Nicolas Werbik picked up assists on the goal.
The Capitols tied the game at 1-1 with Sadlocha’s first USHL goal at the 17-minute mark of the opening frame. Fadyeyev collected the puck from a scrum of players in the right corner and carried it behind the net. Fadyeyev fed a pass to Sadlocha from behind the net and the rookie one-timed the puck past Hanson.
At 13:01 of the middle stanza, forward Konur Peterson gave the Capitols a 2-1 advantage and became the second Madison player of the night to tally his first career USHL goal. Forward Billy Jerry carried the bouncing puck to between the hash marks and tried to toss it on net. Peterson was able to get his stick on the puck and flipped a backhand shot into the back of the net. Defenseman Cole Hults was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Phantoms evened the score at 2-2 with Esposito’s second goal of the game. McKay stopped the puck behind the net, but lost control and Werbik stole the puck. Werbik found Esposito in the slot for the one-timer that beat McKay just as he made it back into the net at 16:58 of the second period.
McKay (1-0-0-0) earned his first win of the season stopping 29-of-31 shots. Hanson (1-2-0-0) took his second loss of the season making 14 saves on 17 shots.
Madison and Youngstown both went 0-for-3 on the power play.
Notables – The Capitols 2-2-0-0 is the best start to a season in franchise history…Goaltender Dryden McKay is the second netminder in franchise history to win his first start; goaltender Daniel Lebedeff was the first…Forwards Eugene Fadyeyev, Mick Messner, and Kamil Sadlocha all lead the team with one goal and three assists for four points in four games…Sadlocha and forward Konur Peterson recorded their first USHL goals tonight.
The Capitols will return home to drop the puck on their third season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum with their Home Opener, presented by Alliant Energy, against the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday, October 14. Season tickets, 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages, Flex Packs, and Group tickets are now available! For more information, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.
Goaltender Daniel Lebedeff has liked his time in Madison so much since arriving last year that he's decided to extend his stay.
Lebedeff on Monday added his name to a long list of oral commitments secured by University of Wisconsin men's hockey coaches this offseason.
The Helsinki native came to the U.S. last year to join the Madison Capitols program, and he said his new home has fit him perfectly.
"I've liked it a lot. It's like a second home for me right now," said Lebedeff, a 17-year-old who could join UW in the fall of 2018 or 2019. "I think Wisconsin fit me well, especially with the new coaching staff. I thought it was a great opportunity to develop my game and get a new start."
With sophomore Matt Jurusik and freshmen Jack Berry and Johan Blomquist already in the Badgers program, Lebedeff said he knows the time to start his college career is still in the distance.
He said he was also getting interest from Michigan State, Omaha, Western Michigan and others.
Lebedeff played for Finnish junior program HIFK before deciding to move to the U.S. and pursue a spot on a college team.
"I wanted to play college hockey because it's a great way to get an education and play hockey at the same time," he said.
He started 2015-16 with the Capitols' under-18 team before getting some playing time with the United States Hockey League program.
In 31 games with the under-18 team, he had a 2.32 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Lebedeff, listed at 6-foot-2 and 181 pounds, made his USHL debut in the Capitols' win at Green Bay on Dec. 31, 2015. In six appearances in the USHL, he was 3-1-1 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .896 save percentage.
He said he plays a butterfly style but occasionally changes things up.
"Sometimes it can look a little silly," Lebedeff said, "but I just try to do my job."
He's the 19th player known to have given the new Badgers coaching staff of Tony Granato, Don Granato and Mark Osiecki a verbal commitment since they were hired in late March.
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on recruits until they've signed a National Letter of Intent.
Lebedeff made three appearances in the USHL preseason this month, going 1-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
The Capitols open the regular season Friday at Green Bay. Lebedeff will be teammates with UW recruits Mick Messner, a forward from Madison, and Philip Nyberg, a defenseman from Sweden.