The Swan Valley Stampeders visited the Oil Capitals at the Tundra Oil and Gas Place last night to mark the 3rd regular season game for both teams. The Caps looked strong all night long in getting their 1st victory of the season by a score of 4-2.
Tristan Thompson, got his 1st MJHL goal, at the 0:33 mark in the 1st assisted by Brock Shwaluk and Jack Einarson making it 1-0. The lead held until Jacob Thomson of the Stampeders scored at 19:12 assisted by Quintin Sudom tieing the game up before the intermission.
Jack Einarson put the Caps ahead again with a wrist shot just inside the cross bar, at the 9:02 mark in the 2nd assisted by Cross and Sambrook. However, Swan Valley replied quickly just 35 seconds later as Noah Basarab scored assisted by Sudom and Jaden Townsend. Virden would take the lead again, when Tristen Cross scored on a wrist shot at the 10:58 mark of the 2nd, assisted by Sambrook and Kolten Kanaski giving the Caps the lead 3-2 that they would hang on to for the duration of the game.
Early in the 3rd, Kanaski got the insurance marker, at the 4:11 mark, assisted by Cloutier and Thompson.
Dalton Dosch was solid in his 3rd game in a row, stopping 22 of 24 shots on goal for his 1st win of the season. Jackson Hjelle stopped 31 of 35 shots for the Stampeders.
“The team came together for a full 60 minutes tonight and Doscher kicked a few out tonight for the win at the end. I feel the team is really coming together and figuring out ways to win,” stated 18-year old Jack Einarson.
The Oil Capitals evened their record to 1 and 1, and 1 shootout loss for the season through 3 games. The Oil Capitals next action is Saturday in WayWayseecappo as their battle the resurgent Wolverines.