Oil Caps claw back in third but fall in OT to Pistons

The Virden Oil Capitals found a way to come back and score twice in the third period to tie the game, but wound up losing in overtime to the Pistons on Saturday night in Steinbach.

Kyle Salaway continued his strong play as of late as the league and team player of the month for November scored twice in the final period – netting his 18th and 19th of the season – at the 4:46 and 12:34 marks respectively to tie the game and help send it to overtime before Darby Gula scored the winner for Steinbach 3:26 into overtime, sending the Pistons’ fans home happy.

Braden Purtill scored his 22nd of the year at the 16:59 mark of the first, helping the Pistons take a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Drew Worrad’s 14th of the year just 19 seconds into the middle frame made it 2-0 for Steinbach.

Tyler Kirkup would get the Oil Caps on the board just 10 seconds later (19th of the season) before Brendan Martin’s sixth of the year restored the Pistons’ two-goal cushion after 40 minutes.

Matthew Thiessen stopped 16 of 19 shots to pick up the win for Steinbach, while Dalton Dosch turned aside 23 of 27 pucks between the pipes for Virden in the OT loss.

Next up for the Oil Caps: a home game against the Pistons next Thursday night. Game time for that contest: 7:30 p.m.