Igor Valko had one point to lead the Topeka Capitals to a 6-0 victory over the Dallas Jr. Stars.
Topeka forced Dallas\’ netminders to work all game long, launching 44 shots and forcing 38 saves. Chris Mallon made 26 stops and Clayton Pierce made 12. The Capitals\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Dallas power plays. Topeka featured an improved defense during the game. The Capitals gives up 2.7 goals on average per game. Topeka outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, the Capitals average 3.1 goals per contest.
Topeka also got points from Richard Yusa, who also finished with one goal and two assists, Tre Kautzman, who also registered two goals and one assist to lead the team in points, and Drew Kelly, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Hank Roers also scored for Topeka. Other players who recorded assists for Topeka were Andrew Cooley, who had two and Mike Pedersen, Steve MacIver, and Colin OConner, who each chipped in one.
The Jr. Stars did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Dallas averages 3.0 goals per game. The Jr. Stars\’ penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Dallas finished with 34 penalty minutes.
Topeka\’s Brett Malkmus stopped 18 shots out of the 18 that he faced. The Capitals incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.