Jacob Pelton was superb between the pipes for the Topeka Capitals, as he did not allow a goal in a 4-0 victory over the Dallas Jr. Stars.
Topeka\’s penalty kill excelled, as the Capitals gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.
Topeka stifled Dallas\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Capitals featured an improved defense during the game. Topeka averages 2.3 goals allowed per game. The Capitals forced the Jr. Stars goalie Chris Mallon to work between the pipes, taking 55 shots.
Topeka was helped by Tre Kautzman, who finished with one goal. Kautzman scored 1:33 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Topeka. Alex Sauer provided the assist. Topeka also got points from Andrew Cooley, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Hank Roers also scored for Topeka. More assists for Topeka came via Kyle Rimbach, Colton Sprenger, Steve MacIver, and Trey Opack, who contributed one each.
Dallas was held below its usual level of production. The Jr. Stars put an average of 3.0 pucks into the net per game. Dallas kept the Capitals\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Pelton made 44 saves on 44 shots. The Jr. Stars struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as they finished the game with 38 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.
Topeka incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. Dallas\’ Mallon stopped 51 shots out of the 54 that he faced.