Riley McVeigh turned aside 20 shots between the pipes picking up his second shutout of the season as the Oil Caps defeated the Wolverines 5-0 in Wayway on Tuesday night.
Despite outshooting the Wolverines 12-2 in the first period, the Oil Caps were unable to solve Wolverines netminder Isaac Labelle. The Oil Caps continued to press in the second and it didn’t take long for the road team to pick up its first goal as Kyle Salaway’s 24th goal of the year at the 2:17 mark opened the scoring. Josh Belcher would net his fourth of the season at 15:30 to make it 2-0 after 40 minutes.
The Oil Caps were able to pick up right where they left off with another early goal in the third as Ben Dalke scored his 16th of the season at the 1:17 mark, making it 3-0 for Virden. Rylee Zimmer would find the back of the net near the midway mark – his 20th tally of the year – before Dalke’s second of the night at the 13:01 mark.
-Dalke ended up with three points on the night (two goals, assist) and was named the first star on the night. Devon Becker, who picked up an assist, was the second star, while McVeigh’s shutout earned him the third star honours.
-Kirklan Lycar had two assists on the night. He now has 50 on the season, which is tied for the league lead. He currently sits second in team scoring overall, four points behind team leader Tyler Kirkup.
-The Oil Caps are now one point ahead of the Portage Terriers for second place overall in the MJHL standings.
-The Oil Caps next game is slated for Friday night at home against the Winkler Flyers. Game time for that contest: 7:30 p.m.