On Wednesday, the Oil Capitals beat Neepawa 6-3 in Native’s Territory.
Oil Capitals Beat Portage 5-4 on Thursday.
Thursday night the Oil Capitals beat the 1st place team in the league, the Portage Terriers, by a score of 5 to 4. On that night, Kolten Kanaski picked up his 30th of the season. Jack Einarson had two goals, his 15th and 16thon the year, meanwhile 20-year olds, Blake Sidoni and Tristen Cross picked up their 15th and 14th goals respectively. Dalton Dosch, playing his 2nd consecutive game in two nights, was stellar in net, picking up his 20thwin of the season. Dosch stopped 44 of 48 to get the win.
“It was a high speed game all around. Everyone was going shift in and shift out. Getting closer to playoffs, that’s what it will take night after night,” added Dosch after his fantastic performance.
Oil Capitals Down Neepawa 5-3 at Home.
The Oil Caps forced the issue in the 1st period as they scored 3 unanswered goals. 20-year old Ben Dalke, netted his 20th of the season. Defenceman, Jacob Evans, acquired at the deadline from Dauphin, potted his 7thof the year. Kolten Kanaski followed that up, with his 31st. On a night, that the team played with 4 D-men, that didn’t slow up their transitional play.
The 2nd period brought much of the same, as Hunter Cloutier got his 21st, while Ben Dalke, netted his 2nd of the game making the score 5-1 going into the 2nd intermission.
Neepawa made it closer in the 3rd as Mackenzie Belinski, and ex Oil Cap, Drayson Skulmoski, got Neepawa to within two. The final score was 5-3 for your home team. Riley Wallace was solid again in the pipes, stopping 23 of 26 for his 10th win of the year, while Neepawa’s Nik Anderson stopped 36 of 41, taking the loss for the Natives.
“We played hard tonight, and were really happy with our week as a whole. We have ran into some adversity this week, with losing a few D-men. Our guys really worked hard up front tonight to limit the pressure on our backend. The guys on the backend did a great job tonight, moving the puck up quick to the forwards to limit their time in our own end. All in all a great week, and to top it off, 30 wins is a great achievemen for our hockey club.” Added the Oil Capitals Coaching Staff.
Oil Capitals Tid Bits: Defencemen; Keagan Morrison, Jayden Wojciechowski, and Brock Shwaluk were all out with upper body injuries. Virden reached the 30th win plateau. Kolten Kanaski netted his 30th goal of the season Thursday vs Portage. Ben Dalked potted his 20th goal and had 3 points on the night vs Neepawa. Rookie, Logan Rands, got his 13th assist of the year. Dalton Dosch got his 20th win of the season vs Portage Thursday evening.
The Oil Capitals travel to Portage for an afternoon affair on Monday.
Next home game for the Oil Capitals: The Oil Capitals will face off against the Winnipeg Blues February Thursday 21st at 7:30pm!