The Virden Oil Capitals went on the road to Portage la Prairie Monday to play their first game in the 2021/2022 MJHL Showcase. The game was held at the Stride Place at 1:30 against the Selkirk Steelers. This being the first match up between these two teams this year the Virden Oil Capitals skated to a 6-4 victory!
Carson Buydens opened the scoring at 6:49 unassisted to get his 11th goal of the season. Tyler Thoendel added to the Oil Caps lead at 13:53 assisted by Groening. The lead wasn’t held long as the Steelers scored 2 goals of their own before the end of the first tying up the game 2-2.
The Oil Caps regrouped during the intermission as 20-year-old forward Dylan Halliday scored his 14th of the season at 6:08 assisted by Bray Rookes.
Braden Fischer scored his 13th of the season 4 minutes later assisted by Tyler Thoendel giving the Oil Caps a 2-goal lead.
At 15:39 Jordan Hughesman scored the Steelers 3rd goal of the game putting them 1 goal behind the Caps heading into the third period.
During the third period Oil Caps Evan Groening scored assisted by Buydens and Huminuk at 6:32 to hold onto the lead.
At 15:05 in the period Mathieu Catellier scored the Steelers 4th of the game while the Oil Caps were short-handed however Trevor Hunt scored an empty netter at 19:55 ending the game 6-4 for the Oil Caps!
Ethan Kadatz came out with a win stopping 32 out of 36 shots on net in his first MJHL Showcase!
Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey had this to say:
“I liked parts of our game a lot. I didn’t think we were overly engaged in the first period. I thought we were slow and did not defend well at our net front which allowed them to get back in the game. Then in the second and third we seemed to find our legs and did a good job of getting pucks out under control and spending time in their end of the rink. We were finally able to find the back of the net and I thought our PK and goaltender did a good job in the third. It was a big win for our guys and now the trick will be to build on that against a very good Winkler team on Wednesday.”