Atlanta opened up a four-goal lead after the first period and did not look back en route to a 9-4 win over Cincinnati.
Atlanta got the win thanks to a great game by Artus Laukaitis, who had two goals and three assists. Laukaitis scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 16:00 into the first period to make the score 5-1 Atlanta. Atlanta had gotten the advantage when Cincinnati's Brenden Williams was sent off for slashing. Colin OConnor picked up the assist. Laukaitis' next tally on the power play made the score 6-1 Atlanta with 8:51 left in the second period. A roughing penalty on Jacob Friedman had put Atlanta on the power play. Alex Johanson assisted on the tally.
Cincinnati's power play was ineffective against Atlanta's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Atlanta outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, Atlanta averages 6.3 goals per contest. Atlanta's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.
Atlanta additionally got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also racked up one goal and three assists, Philip Pugliese, who also registered one goal and two assists, Dylan Wattles, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and OConnor, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Atlanta included Riley Hummitsch, Drake Cartwright, Jesse Brown, and Ryan Dumond, who each put in one. In addition, Atlanta received assists fromJack Cleaver, who had two and Aleksi Hoivala, Andrew Cooley, and Drew Kelly, who contributed one each.
Alekandr Zendejas made 21 saves for Atlanta on 25 shots. Atlanta incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Cincinnati's starting goalie, Brian Tempel, made 18 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Timothy OSullivan, who stopped three shots. Cincinnati incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.
The 12 game win streak that started September 26th against Point Mallard is a new Atlanta/Topeka Capitals franchise record. The second longest in franchise history was in 2013-2014 when the Topeka Capitals reached 10.
“Very proud of our group, we played well in both games this weekend. We still have a long road ahead of us, we have to keep the mind-set on improving daily and focus on the formula that leads to our success. We are now moving on to Point Mallard next weekend” said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.