Oil Capitals collapse in third, lose to Blizzard

The Virden Oil Capitals were a little less than 12 minutes away from a big win over the Blizzard on the road in OCN on Wednesday night.

Then the flood gates opened.

The Blizzard scored five times – including an empty netter – erasing a three-goal lead once held by the Oil Capitals to win the game 5-3. Eamonn Miller started the comeback in the third period for OCN at the 8:09 mark, followed by tallies by Lantz Hiebert and Daniel Chartrand at the 11:10 and 14:16 marks respectively.

Tony Apetagon gave OCN the lead approximately two and a half minutes later before Brody Dale scored into an empty net with a minute to go.

Things started off great for Virden as Tristen Cross scored his second of the season 28 seconds into the contest. Jeran Knorr would later score his eighth goal of the year almost 12 minutes into the second to make it 2-0. Kolten Kanaski would then add his eighth of the year less than a minute later.

Emilien Boily stopped 35 of 38 shots for the win in net for OCN, while Riley McVeigh ended up with the loss between the pipes for the Oil Caps, turning aside 31 of 35 shots.

Up next for the Oil Caps: a return home to face the Dauphin Kings on Nov. 3. Game time is 7:30 p.m.