Looking to get back into their winning ways, the Oil Capitals were strong in all areas of the ice in a 5-1 win over the OCN Blizzard at Gordon Lathlin Memorial Center.
It was all Virden in the 1st, as the visitors outshot the home team by a 20-4 margin, but only held onto a 2-1 lead going into intermission. 2nd year defenceman, Jayden Wojciechowski, and 19-year old forward Kolten Kanaski, potting his 26th of the year, did the damage for the Oil Capitals. Carson Pawlenchuk replied for OCN, netting his 4th on the season.
With a 13-5 margin in shots again in the 2nd, the Oil Capitals continued to dominate the play. Rookie forward, Tristan Thompson, got his 9th of the season, while Kanaski was up to his tricks again, getting his 27th of the year and second goal of the game. This time Kanaski was set up by the afore mentioned Wojciechowski, and newly acquired trade deadline acquisition, Jacob Evans. The Oil Capitals took a 4-1 lead going into the 3rd period.
OCN managed 12 shots on goal on the 3rd, but Virden starter, Dalton Dosch was strong in his second consecutive start. The only scoring in the 3rd came off the stick of 20-year old Blake Sidoni, while 20-year olds Ben Dalke (runner up for MJHL Player of the Month) and MJHL Defenceman of the month, Tristen Cross, had the helpers.
The Oil Capitals outshot the OCN Blizzard 50-21 on the night. Dalton Dosch was solid, in stopping 20 of 21 for his 18th win of the season. OCN’s, Dorian Laganiere, was busy all game stopping 45 of 50 shots his way taking the hard luck loss.
“This was a good bounce back game for our group. We did some better things with the puck and didn’t give them a lot. With Selkirk winning tonight these were 2 important points for us. Tomorrow will be 3 in 3 nights for us, so we’ll need to make sure were structured and play the right way to finish off the trip with 4 of 6 points.” Added Assistant Coach, Tyson Ramsey.
Oil Capitals Tid Bits: Brock Shwaluk and Logan Rands had additional helpers, while Ben Dalke had 2 assists on the night. Blake Sidoni finished the night with a goal and an assist. Kanaski, Wojciechowski, and Cross were the 3 stars on the evening. Parker Brakebill, Jesse Mistelbacher, and Austin Johnston didn’t dress for the Oil Capitals. 18-year old Oak Lake product, Riley Wallace, is expected to get the start today in OCN, as the team completes its 3-game road trip.
Next up for the Oil Capitals: The Caps face off tonight at 6pm against the OCN Blizzard
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