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Texas falls to Topeka after surprising comeback

The Topeka Capitals climbed out of a two-goal hole to beat the Texas Jr. Brahmas, 3-2.

Topeka never led in the game until netting the game winner. The Capitals trailed 2-0 after a goal by Texas\’ Ryan Dunner at 3:57 in the first period. Topeka knotted things up at 2-2 on a power play goal by Colin OConner at 13:03 in the second period. The Capitals scored the game winner at 16:51 in the third period on a goal by OConner.

Topeka\’s penalty kill excelled, as the Capitals gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays.

Topeka stifled the Jr. Brahmas\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Texas was unable to stop the Capitals from sending pucks towards the net, and Topeka eventually piled up 31 shots on goal. The Capitals\’ defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Topeka was helped by Benton Deanovich, who had one goal. Topeka also got points from Tre Kautzman, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Topeka received assists from Alex Sauer, who had two and Richard Yusa, who had three.

The Jr. Brahmas forced the Capitals goalie Bailey Aust to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.

Texas additionally got points from Jon Severson, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Texas were Nick Nitta, Kurt Thiele, and Devin Pierce, who contributed one each.

Bailey Aust made 29 saves for Topeka on 31 shots. The Capitals incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Joe Hacker rejected 28 shots on goal for Texas. The Jr. Brahmas incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.