Ice Battles and Overtime Thrills: Virden Oil Capitals’ Rollercoaster Ride through Early Winter

The Virden Oil Capitals experienced a mixed bag of results as they closed November and entered December.

On November 26th, the Oil Capitals clashed with the OCN Blizzard on home ice, succumbing to a narrow 2-1 defeat. Nolan Chastko netted the sole goal for Virden, executing a remarkable unassisted effort.

The team’s journey continued, on November 29th against the Neepawa Titans. This intense skirmish stretched into overtime, where the Oil Capitals ultimately fell 4-3. Grady Lane, with an assist from D. Bielik, and Nolan Chastko, scoring twice – first with Ty Plaiser’s aid, then courtesy of Bryce Bryant and Luke Robson – were the goal contributors for Virden.

December 1st saw the Oil Capitals hosting the Winkler Flyers. In a gripping duel that again extended to overtime, the Oil Capitals emerged victorious with a 5-4 triumph. Josh Lehto, wearing jersey #27, ignited the scoring just 52 seconds into the contest, ably assisted by Guthire and Hunt. MacKenzie tallied midway through the first, with Brett Sabel (#12) providing the setup. Bryce Bryant extended the lead in the second period on a powerplay, thanks to assists from #27 and #7. Despite the Flyers’ comeback with two goals, Roux Bazin’s late period strike, set up by Joey Bielik, was crucial. The Flyers equalized in the final period, pushing the game into overtime. There, Bazin, assisted by J. Bielik and Hunt, clinched his 10th season goal, sealing a 5-4 Oil Caps win.

On December 3rd, the Oil Capitals once again faced the OCN Blizzard at home. Despite a resilient display, Virden was edged out 2-1. Luke Robson, donning jersey #11, scored for the Oil Capitals, assisted by Bryant and Chastko.

The December 5th fixture at Credit Union Place marked the Oil Capitals’ first road game after a four-game home stretch, taking on the Dauphin Kings. Virden clinched a 2-1 victory in regulation. The match saw a goal per period: Dauphin’s Cayden Glover struck first, followed by Virden’s Josh Lehto (#27), scoring his 16th of the season on a powerplay off a Chastko assist. In the final period, Brett Sabel found the net, assisted by Bryant and Chastko, securing the win for Virden.

December 7th brought the team back home to face the Steinbach Pistons on the special Virden Truck & Trailer Teddy Bear Toss night. The game commenced slowly, with no goals in the first period. The second period featured Grady Lane’s goal for Virden, assisted by Bryant and Chastko, soon equaled by the Pistons’ Brady Ingebritson. The tie persisted through the final period, leading to a third overtime in five games. The high-tension overtime concluded with Rouz Bazin’s decisive goal, set up by J. Bielik and Hunt, snatching another exhilarating overtime victory.

The Virden Oil Capitals next home game is December 15th!

Join us on December 15 for the ‘Festive Frenzy Game Night.’ Make it a memorable evening with your dazzling Christmas sweaters – kids in festive attire gain free entry!

It’s also Tim Hortons Night! The first 100 kids will be gifted a set of exclusive Tim Hortons hockey cards.

Stay excited throughout the game, as we’ll hold lucky seat draws each period. Winners will receive a $25 Tim Hortons gift card along with some cool Tim Hortons merchandise. Don’t miss out on the fun and festive giveaways!”

Photo’s from Game on December 7th VS The Steinbach Pistons