Game Notes: Oil Caps Close Out January with Stampeders

Welcome fans to tonight’s MJHL action featuring the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders (21-19-5) and your home town Virden Oil Capitals (24-15-8).Tonight’s game is Oil Caps Hockey Card Night brought to you by Subway Restaurant in Virden.

Make sure you grab yourself a set of the 2014-2015 Virden Oil Capitals hockey cards when you arrive tonight. The first 600 fans in attendance will receive a set. Make sure to stick around after tonight’s game to get your cards signed by the Oil Caps players. They will be signing autographs by the main entrance on the upstairs concourse.

After a thick home-ice schedule to begin the month of January, it has now been 12 days since the Oil Caps have played at Tundra Oil & Gas Place – and it will be 12 more days before they are back. They will wrap up their January schedule tonight against the Swan Valley Stampeders, a team that has pretty much had Virden’s number all season long.

The Oil Caps struggles with the Stampeders continued for them last weekend when they fell 3-2 in overtime in Swan River. Taylor Fisher and Clay Van Diest both scored for Virden, but ultimately it was the Stampeders’, Nick Kobelka, who ended the contest just 47 seconds into overtime. Ben Williams saw his seven-game point streak come to an end and the Oil Caps went home winless in their two-game road swing.

Despite the pair of losses, the Oil Caps still managed to pick up a point in each game and remain in the hunt for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. Winkler took part in a three-game northern trip last weekend and took home three of their possible six points to take a three point lead on Virden for fourth spot in the standings.

We encourage fans to pick up a 2014-15 Media Guide tonight. All season ticket holders will receive one free media guide for the season with proof of their season ticket holder ticket stub or their media guide voucher they received at the beginning of the season. By purchasing a Media Guide tonight, you will be eligible to win a $25 Gift Card to the Arlington Hotel in Maryfield, a Subway Restaurant Party Platter, or a pair of tickets to Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Ball next Thursday at the Sunrise Banquet Hall. Listen throughout the game to see if your program number is pulled as a winner. Great prizes are available to be won throughout the rest of the season with the purchase of a Media Guide at each game. All media guides will also include the new Game Day Insider page full of current in-depth stats and information surrounding the Oil Caps and the MJHL.

Lucas Oliver will make his return to the lineup tonight  for the first time since Dec. 20, 2014 after missing action with an upper body injury.

Looking ahead, the Oil Caps will travel to Dauphin on Saturday, February 7th to take on the Kings in a game that will  be FREE for all that attend. Contact Lindsey at the 204-748-4848 or email marketing@oilcapshockey.com to reserve your tickets for the game. A fan bus will be organized, if enough interest is shown.

Enjoy game number 48 of 60 on the regular season.