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Oil Caps Fall in New Years Opener

The Oil Caps got a third period goal from Taylor Fisher on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 3-1 to the first place Portage Terriers.

Shawn Bowles opened the scoring for the Terriers in the first period to give Portage a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes. Virden generated some solid opportunities in the second, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances. The Terriers took advantage of an Oil Caps turnover and took a 2-0 lead after the second period.

Portage would take a 3-0 lead in the third on a goal from Dane Schioler, before Fisher broke Justin Laforest’s shut out bid with less than five minutes to play in the third. Virden pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but had nothing to show for it as the Terriers picked up their 38th win on the season over the Oil Caps on a snowy Friday night.

Virden fell to 19-14-6 on the season and will try to pick up win number 20 of the season on Sunday when they travel to Winnipeg to face the Blues. The Oil Caps will return home next Friday night when they host the Winkler Flyers. Game time for Sunday is 6:30 while Friday night’s game is slated for a 7:30 start time.