Oil Caps Clinch Victory Over Titans, Advance to Second Round Against Winkler Flyers

In a gripping conclusion to their first-round series, the Virden Oil Capitals triumphed over the Neepawa Titans with a nail-biting 4-3 victory, securing their advancement to the second round of the McMunn & Yates Turnbull Cup Playoffs. This intense Game 6 showdown was packed with action, particularly after a goalless first period, setting the stage for an unforgettable night of hockey.

The second period kicked off with the Oil Caps’ Grady Lane finding the net at 4:09, thanks to a setup from Wallace & Veitch, igniting the team’s scoring. However, the Titans were quick to respond, with Ewan Poirier equalizing the game at 12:09. Momentum swung in Neepawa’s favor as Hayden Stocks, assisted by Kasprick and Lagria, edged the Titans ahead with a goal at 15:32.

As the final period unfolded, Grady Lane once again stepped up for the Oil Caps, tying the game at 2-2 just over a minute in, netting his second goal of the night on a power play, assisted by Lewis. The Oil Caps then took control of the game with Roux Bazin and Evan Groening each scoring, at 12:10 and 13:23 respectively, propelling the team to a 4-2 lead with assists coming from Guthrie, Dodgson, & Lewis.

Despite a late push from the Titans, marked by Logan Paquette’s goal with just ninety seconds left in the game, the Oil Caps’ defense held strong, securing a 4-3 victory and a place in the second round. The Titans put forth a valiant effort, but the night belonged to the Oil Caps, whose determination and skill shone through to the very end.

Looking ahead, the Oil Caps are set to face the Winkler Flyers in what promises to be an exciting second round of the McMunn & Yates Turnbull Cup Playoffs. The series opener is scheduled for Friday, April 5th, at the Winkler Centennial Arena, with a 7:00 PM puck drop. The schedule for the first home game of this round will be Sunday, April 7th with the anticipation already building. As the Oil Caps prepare for their next challenge, fans are encouraged to continue their support, whether in person or from afar, as the team pushes forward in their playoff journey.