For two periods of play Selkirk carried the momentum but Oil Capitals goaltender, Dalton Dosch did what he could do to give his team a chance to win. The Steelers outshot the Oil Capitals and carried the play for much of the first 40 minutes of the game. But the end result was 5-1 victory in game two of their 1st round MJHL Turnbull Cup playoff series.
Blaek Burr started the scoring for Selkirk late in the 1st period, with assists going to Will Middleton and Colby Dudek. Both teams went 0 for 2 on their respective power plays in the 1st period. Selkirk outshoot Virden 14-6 in the 1st period.
Dylan Halliday netted his 1st of the playoffs in his 1st game played in the series on the power play in the 2ndperiod. Tanner Andrew and Tristen Cross adding the helpers on the play. The play was mostly dictated by Selkirk in the 2nd period, but again goaltender Dalton Dosch was up to the challenge all period long, allowing Virden to get the power play maker to tie the game up.
The 3rd period was all Virden, all the time. Kolten Kanaski had a period to remember. Kanaski netted a “natural” hat trick, with his 1st only 22 seconds into the final frame, with a nice setup from captain Ben Dalke. Kanaski would score his final two goals on the power play, less than two minutes apart in the bottom ½ of the period, with Cloutier netting two assists and rookie, Brett Paddock with an additional helper as well. Jack Einarson would get his 1st of the playoffs with less than 4 minutes left in the final frame. Cross and Belcher adding assists on the goal.
Dalton Dosch was magnificent in the victory again, giving the Oil Capitals the saves they needed to get their feet under them for the 1st two periods. Dosch stopped 34 of 35 on the night, for his 2nd win of the series. Zachary Bennett stopped 22 of 27 in the loss.
“The 3rd period was real good but you’re never sure what’s going to happen after the long one we had the other night. You never know what our legs are gonna be like. I thought we were okay in the first two periods, I thought we were more like our group in the 3rd period. We played faster managed the puck through the neutral zone. We’re happy to be up two-nothing but we have to get ready for game three.” Stated Oil Capitals Assistant Coach Tyson Ramsey.
Oil Caps Tid Bits: Kanaski now has 4 goals in two games in the series. Blaked Sidoni received a 2 game suspension for the major in game 1. Sidoni is slated to return in game 4 at home here in Virden on the 14th. Logan Rands, day to day with UBI. Austin Johnston, day to day with UBI. Parker Brakebill didn’t dress in game 2.
Next up for the Oil Caps: The Oil Caps head to Selkirk for the third game in round one March 12 puck drop is 7:30pm!