Virden, MB – Mack Hardy led Virden Oil Capitals back into the win column on Thursday night vs Neepawa.
Hardy had a pair of goals in the Oil Caps 4-1 win over the Neepawa Natives at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in front of 950+fans.
Virden fired 52 shots at Natives goalie Troy Pierce who made some spectacular saves on a night where he had no choice but to be good.
After a scoreless first period, the Oil Caps exploded for three goals in nine minutes.
Carter Cowlthop opened the scoring getting his 1st of the season, the Boissevain product would finish off his great night with 11 hits and a fight.
Mack Hardy converted on the Caps first powerplay of the game on a great setup from Zach Whitecloud and Ben Dalke.
The Winnipeg native would add another just minutes later. Hardy would go on to earn 1st star honours.
Tyler Kirkup added some insurance in the third before things got feisty.
The two clubs would combine for 97 penalty minutes,the majority of which came in the 3rd period.
Neepawa got a late powerplay goal but it was all the offense they could muster as they fired just 21 shots at Sean Kuehn.
The Oil Caps will take the weekend off before playing 4 games in 5 nights starting next Tuesday in Selkirk.
Shots: 15-5 VOC
VOC – Cowlthorp (Salaway, Oliver)
VOC – Hardy (Dalke, Whitecloud) PP
VOC – Hardy (Thiessen, Dalke)
Shots: 20-4 VOC
VOC – Kirkup (Cusmano,D.Ross)
NPW – Hingtgen (Martens, Atkinson) PP
Final Shots: 52-21
Special Teams: Both Teams 1 for 6