Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey scored a shorthanded goal in the first game of their conference semifinal series against the Portland Winterhawks (featuring another Caps prospect, Blake Heinrich). That early second-period tally kickstarted the Rockets, who were trailing by two after first period.
On a perfectly executed three-on-two, Rourke Chartier went to the net, creating space for Nick Merkley, who cut to the middle and put a cross-ice pass on the tape of Bowey. As the goalie Jackson Whistle scrambled across the net, Bowey put the puck perfectly in the empty area of the goal.
The Rockets went on to tie the game a minute later and won with another goal late in the second period.