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Oil Caps win against 1st place Pistons but fall short against Wolverines

The Oil Capitals pick up 2 points against the Pistons but fall short of the win against the Wolverines. The first period started with an early Virden goal for an early 1-0 lead. Steinbach returns the goal 10 minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. The second period saw only one goal with a late goal by Virden for them to take the 2-1 lead. The third period saw 3 late goals by Virden to secure their win with a 5-1 lead. 

The first period saw a goal at 1:49 for Virden’s Hunter Cloutier scoring his fifteenth of the season to give the Oil Caps a 1-0 lead. 10 minutes later at 11:41 Steinbach’s Rylan Bettens scored his seventh of the season to tie the game at 1-1 headed into the second period. 

The second period saw a power play goal with 14 seconds left in the period with Hunter Cloutier scoring his second of the game to give Virden the 2-1 lead headed into the third period.

At 16:28 in the third Virden’s Jack Einarson scored his seventh to give Virden the 3-1 lead. At 18:53 Kolten Kanaski scored his seventeenth of the season on the empty net to give the Oil Caps the 4-1 lead. Virden’s Dylan Halliday secured the win when he scored his eleventh, unassisted, with 37 seconds left for a final score of 5-1.

Virden’s Kyle Kozma took the win stopping 35 of 36 shots for a save percentage of 97.2%. Steinbach’s Matt Lenz took the loss stopping 27 of 31 shots for a save percentage of 87.1%

The game vs the Wolverines saw 2 unassisted goals in the first period for the Wolverines giving them the early 2-0 lead. In the second period Wayway got a power play goal extending their lead to 3-0. In the third period Virden got an early power play goal to cut into the Wolverines lead. The Oil Caps scored another just over 10 minutes later to put themselves within reach of Wayway with just a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately they couldn’t capitalize and the Wolverines took the game 3-2.

The first period saw Gerrik Ripley score his fifth, unassisted, at 6:27 into the period to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead. Matthew Kasowski scored his third at 10:12 to put Wayway up 2-0 head into the second period.

The second period saw just one goal with Kris Bladen scoring his seventh at 10:54 on the power play to give the Wolverines the 3-0 lead headed into the third period.

The third period saw Virden’s Josh Belcher score his eleventh just 27 seconds in on the power play to cut Wayway’s lead to just 3-1. Tristan Thompson of the Oil Caps scored his seventh at 11:19 to make the score just 3-2 for the Wolverines. With the Oil Caps unable to capitalize that left the final score at 3-2 for Wolverines.

Wayway’s Liam Tereposky took the win stopping 35 of 37 shots for a save percentage of 94.6%. Virden’s Kyle Kozma took the loss stopping 24 of 27 shots for a save percentage of 88.9%.