The Topeka Capitals\’ Trey Opack scored 1:33 into overtime to beat the Dallas Jr. Stars, 4-3 (OT).
Topeka came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Capitals trailed 2-0 after a short handed goal by Dallas\’ Aaron Torres at 8:15 in the second period. Topeka knotted things up at 3-3 on a goal by Opack at 11:01 in the third period.
Opack had two goals and one assist to lead the Capitals.
Topeka\’s offense rang up 62 shots on the Jr. Stars\’ net.
Topeka also got points from Alex Sauer, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Topeka also got a goal from Steve MacIver as well. In addition, Topeka received assists from Tre Kautzman and Hank Roers, who contributed one each.
Dallas was often in penalty trouble, totaling six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The Jr. Stars had been averaging 19.0 minutes in penalties per game. Dallas excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The Capitals were unable to stop the Jr. Stars from sending pucks towards the net, and Dallas eventually piled up 32 shots on goal.
The Jr. Stars were helped by Travis Hall, who registered one goal. Hall scored 9:20 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Dallas. Tyler Valentin also scored for Dallas. Other players who recorded assists for Dallas were Wyatt Gentry and Kayne Fedor, who each chipped in one.
Topeka\’s Brett Malkmus stopped 29 shots out of the 32 that he faced. The Capitals incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Topeka ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Colin OConner was ejected from the game. Chris Mallon rejected 58 shots on goal for Dallas. The Jr. Stars registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. For Dallas, Blake McIntyre was ejected from the game.