Virden, MB- The Oil Capitals dropped a tough 5-2 game to the Winnipeg Blues. Head Coach, Troy Leslie said, “Obviously, we are struggling right now. The three quick goals in the second period hurt us. I thought we did some positive things to try to get ourselves back in the game. Right now it is important that we stick together and go get a win tomorrow night in Dauphin.”
The first period the Caps had a lot of opportunities, with the Blues goalie making great saves to keep his team in the game. Neither team was able to capitalize in the first; it was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. The shots on goal were 10-6 in favour of the Caps.
The second period the Winnipeg Blues took control of the game scoring early at 3:53 with a goal from Rhett Lough unassisted, 1-0 Blues. The Blues continued to put pressure on the Caps with a goal from Adam Woworky at 4:56 assisted by Kelton Sutherland, 2-0 Blues. That was not all from the Blues, as they scored another goal at 5:10 to stretch the lead to three, scored by Kelton Sutherland assisted by Joel MacGillvray and Brenden Bartlett. The Oil Capitals pulled Marc Audet, replacing him with Riley McVeigh shortly after the third goal. The remainder of the period the Caps found their bearings and getting things rolling again. The Caps found the back of the net at 17:58 with a goal from Ben Dalke assisted by Jacob Cronin and Sam Schultz, 3-1 Blues. At the end of 40 minutes of play the Caps trailed by two goals. The Shots on net were 14-11 in favour of the Capitals.
After an eventful second period, the Caps got things rolling with a goal from Evan Cusmano for his first of the season and first as an Oil Capital at 7:03 in the third assisted by Carter Cowlthorp and Kirklan Lycar. The Oil Capitals found a little momentum, but the Blues shut it down with a goal from Adam Wowrky at 11:08 unassisted, 4-2 Blues. Capitals continued to battle back, but couldn’t put one past Adam Derochie. The Blues scored one more time at 17:26 with a goal from Nick Prouty assisted by Dallas Tulik and Rhett Lough. The final score at the end of 60 minutes of play was 5-2, Blues. The final shots on goal were 36-25 in favour of the Oil Capitals.
The Redferns Farmer Strong Hardest Working Player of the game – Ben Dalke. The Caps earned the second star of the game – Evan Cusmano with his first goal of the season and as an Oil Capital.
The Caps next action is Saturday, December 10 on the road against the Dauphin Kings at 7:30p.m. You can catch this game live at Kickfm.ca or you can go to Oilcapitalshockey.com and click on the link! The Caps next home action is December 17 against Dauphin Kings at 7:30p.m. proudly brought to you by Subway for hockey card night. Come and cheer on the Caps at their last home game of the year!