Sean Kuehn made 38 saves tonight to backstop the Virden Oil Capitals (21-14-6) a 5-1 win over the visiting Winkler Flyers (24-11-7).
After a scoreless opening first period, Jordan Greig buried his seventh of the season to give the Oil Caps a 1-0 lead. Devan Schram made it 2-0 just under two minutes later with Soren Frederiksen and Clay Van Diest drawing the assists. Then it was the birthday boy, Dylan Thiessen, who notched his 14th of the season to extend the lead to 3-0.
Corey Haverstick got in on the offense early in the third to make things 4-0. Finally it was Greig who finished the scoring with his second of the night on the power play to make it 5-0 for Virden midway through the final frame.
Kuehn looked poised for his first shut out of the season until the league’s leading scorer, Tristan Keck, batted one out of the air to spoil the shut out bid and put the Flyers on the board. After it was all said and done, the Oil Caps came out on top 5-1.
The Oil Caps finished the night with 27 shots while the Flyers fired 39 of their own. Greig was named the game’s Altus Geomatics first star, Kuehn was named second star, and Haverstick rounded out the selections with third star honours.
Virden is back at home tomorrow night when they face the Neepawa Natives. Game time is slated for 7:30 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.