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Johnas Lifts Oil Caps Past Wolverines

Kurt Johnas scored the game winning goal with 3:21 left to play in the 3rd period last night to give the Virden Oil Capitals their fourth straight win with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

It was Soren Frederiksen who capitalized first for the Oil Caps, netting his 28th goal of the season on the power play, late in the first period. Jake Dudar and Jordan Greig drew assists on the power play tally who came into the game with just a 16% success rate with the man advantage.

With nothing to report in the second, Wayway came out hard in the third and got a goal from Rylee Zimmer, 39 seconds into the final period, to knot the game up at 1-1. A low scoring contest, just like their previous four meetings, looked as though the game could be heading for overtime. That was until Johnas deflected a Greig blast from the point that found its way through Brandon Holtby.

Virden held onto the 2-1 lead the rest of the way and picked up their 28th win of the season. Cam Pateman was solid in net, making 20 of 21 saves on the night for his eighth win of the season. Meanwhile, Holtby earned second star honours with his performance for Wayway, making 36 saves on the night.

[Murray and Cheryl Foster receive February’s Billet of the Month award from Virden Liquor Mart Manager, Adrian Swain.]

Murray and Cheryl Foster receive February’s Billet of the Month award from Virden Liquor Mart Manager, Adrian Swain.

Prior to the game, the monthly Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Billet of the Month award was presented to Murray and Cheryl Foster of Virden.Click here to see all the recipients of this award from this season.

The Oil Caps will take a couple days before meeting up with the Winkler Flyers on Sunday evening for a very important fourth place matchup. The Flyers currently hold a two-point lead over the Oil Caps in the standings, but carry a game in-hand. Game time for Sunday night is slated for 6:30.