The Sugar Land Imperials was within striking distance after one period, but the Topeka Capitals put the pedal down in the second en route to a 7-1 victory.
Alex Sauer was all over the ice for Topeka, as he racked up two goals in the win. Sauer found the back of the net 9:20 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Topeka and again while 2:21 into the third to make the score 5-0 Topeka.
The Capitals\’ penalty kill excelled, as Topeka gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.
The Capitals\’ offense rang up 49 shots on Sugar Land\’s net. Topeka was hit hard by penalties in the contest, and totaled five minors and two majors for 30 minutes in penalty time. The defensemen of the Capitals were also effective in the Imperials\’ zone, and came away with two goals.
Topeka also got a goal from Georgy Ostapchuk as well. In addition, Topeka received assists from Luke Thom, Connor Nicholas, Nick Rizzo, and Seth Kamrass, who contributed one a piece and Kole Hudson, Austin Petrie, and Jaydn Munnelly, who each chipped in two.
Sugar Land\’s offense operated below it season average. The Imperials average 3.5 goals per game.
Hayden Smith recorded 21 saves for Topeka. The Capitals registered two goals on four power play opportunities. Sugar Land\’s Colton Anderson stopped 42 shots out of the 49 that he faced. The Imperials ended with 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major.