Oil Caps Punch Ticket to the MJHL Turnbull Cup Playoffs with Win over Neepawa

Since the Viterra Championships took over Tundra Oil & Gas Place, the Oil Caps have played 6 road games in a row; winning 3, losing 2, and losing 1 in OT to Steinbach, while taking a possible 7 out of 12 points.

The Oil Caps finished their 6th game last night, with a 6-3 win over the Neepawa Natives.  After a scoreless 1st, Neepawa opened the scoring in the 2nd, when Mackenzie Belinski notched his 19th of the year.  Not to be outdone, Oil Capital’s standout rookie, Tristan Thompson, got his 10th of the season, while Hunter Cloutier continues his goal scoring pace, netting his 20th of season.  Belinski got his 20th of the season to tie the game back at 2’s.  But the Oil Cap’s top line of Sidon, Kanaski, and Dalke would all score before the period ended with their 14th, 29th, and 19th goals respectively.  Parker Allison would get his 1st of the year for Neepawa as the team’s went into the 2nd intermission with Virden leading 5-3.

Tristen Cross would get his 13th of the year in the 3rd period to make the final 6-3 for Virden.  Dalton Dosch stopped 29 of 32 in getting his 19th win of the season.  Meanwhile, Kolby Thornton took the loss for Neepawa, stopping 31 of 37.


Oil Capitals Tid Bits:  20-year old Brock Shwaluk played in his 200th Junior a game with regular season and playoffs combined.  20-year old Tristen Cross got his 100th career point with the Oil Capitals.  18-year old Jack Einarson played in his 100th game as an Oil Capital.  Dillan Halliday and Austin Johnston remain sidelined with lower body injuries.

Next up for the Oil Capitals: The Caps face off at home tonight against the Portage Terriers, puck drop is 7:30pm!