First Place Pistons Defeat Oil Capitals at Home

January 21, 2017

Virden, MB –  The Oil Capitals came into tonight’s game after a 5-3 loss to the Selkirk Steelers on Friday night. The Caps were looking to get back to their winning ways in tonight’s game against the Steinbach Pistons but fell short with a 7-2 loss. Virden Oil Capitals Head Coach, Troy Leslie said, “ Tonight was a disappointing result. Steinbach came in and played a good road game. There were a few positives that we can draw out of this game we obviously have some things to work on. We need to turn the page quickly and prepare for our upcoming games.”

The first period was a fast paced one with lots of opportunity and energy going both ways. The Pistons found their way onto the board first with a goal from William Koop at 1:04 assisted by Joseph Leonidas and Darby Gula. The Caps wasted no time answering back and with a goal from Ben Dalke at 2:13 assisted by Kirklan Lycar and Marco Creta, 1-1. The Pistons took a 2-1 lead with a power play goal from Tyler Anderson assisted by Mackenzie Graham and William Koop. At the end of 20 minutes of play, the Caps trailed 2-1 and shots on goal were 14-10 in favour of the Pistons. 

The second period the Pistons took control putting one away at 5:03 from Daniel Pion assisted by Tyson McConnell and Wyatt Hinson, 3-1. The Pistons extended the lead to 4-1 at 9:39 with a goal from Wyatt Hinson assisted by Decian Graham and Daniel Pion. The Capitals Carter Cowlthorp got things rolling again finding the back of the net at 10:36 assisted by Mack Hardy, 4-2. The Pistons ended the second period with a goal at 18:27 from Daniel Pion for his second of the game assisted by Tyson McConnell and Wyatt Hinson, 5-2. At the end of 40 minutes of play, the Pistons were in the lead 5-2 and shots on goal were 12-11 for the Pistons. 

The third period didn’t start off the way the Caps would have liked with a Piston goal at 1:50 scored by Daniel Pion for the hat trick, unassisted. The Pistons finished off the scoring at 14:36 with a goal from Wyatt Hinson assisted by Bradley Schoonbaert and Joseph Leonidas, 7-2. The final score was 7-2 for the Pistons and the final shots on goal were 41-32. 

Redferns Farmer Strong Hardest Working Player of the Game was awarded to Marco Creta. The Caps, Ben Dalke picked up the Third Star of the game earning 1 point (1G). 

The Caps next action is on the road Thursday, January 26th against Wayway – 7:30 pm puck drop.  The Caps next home action is Sunday, January 29th against Wayway – 7:00 pm puck drop!