Virden, MB – Over 45 young men arrived in Virden on the weekend to kick off another season of MJHL Hockey here in Oil Country.
A mixture of returning veterans, draft picks and free agent rookies made up two teams and spent Friday and Saturday running through drills, practicing and taking part in mini-games.
On Sunday, the top 40 players split into two squads and competed in the annual Intrasquad game for the chance to hoist the 2nd edition of the “Garry Cup”.
The game was quick paced from the get go. Over 150 fans in attendance saw some nice goals, big hits, quick saves and even a fight with team Black mounting a late comeback to win 7-6 in double overtime.
The Oil Capitals will now trim the roster down in preparation for their pre-season opener in Portage on Tuesday night.
This game is being labelled as a “Rookie Game” and its expected both teams will be made up of 98 and 99 born prospects.
The first home exhibition action for the Oil Capitals is Saturday when the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL come to Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Puck Drop is 7:30.
Garry Cup Scoring Summary
RED: Derek Cross (Nolan Ross and Brayden Pawluk)
RED: Devan Schram (Kyle Salaway and Nolan Ross)
2-0 Red After the 1st Period
BLACK: Will Middleton (Tyler Dereniewski)
BLACK: Carter Cowlthorp (Dylan Cusmano and Evan Armstrong)
BLACK: Tristen Cross (Cody Durdle)
RED: Devan Schram (Tyler Ham and John Patmore)
3-3 After the 2nd Period
RED: Kaiden Jones (Keesin Richard)
RED: Nolan Ross (Kaiden Jones)
RED: Brayden Pawluk (Jack Einarson)
BLACK: Jake Dudar (Torrin Grange and Cody Durdle)
BLACK: Dylan Cusmano (Carter Cowlthorp and Tanner Lewis)
BLACK: Davis Ross (Carter Cowlthorp and Tanner Lewis)
6-6 After the 3rd Period
BLACK: Tristen Cross (Jake Dudar and Tanner Lewis)
Powerplays: Red 0/0 Black 1/3