Oil Caps winning streak hits four games, defeat Steelers 3-0

The winning streak has now hit four games for the Virden Oil Capitals as they defeated the Selkirk Steelers 3-0 on Saturday night at Tundra Oil and Gas Place.

“We didn’t really give them much defensively and I thought we played really well in the offensive zone. I’m happy with our performance,” said Oil Caps forward Kyle Salaway, who ended up getting things started for the home team, netting his 25th of the season on a nifty pass from Tyler Kirkup in close, making it 1-0 just 1:42 into the game.

The Oil Caps would eventually find the back of the net a second time in the first period as Landyn Cochrane picked up his 13th of the year on the power play with only 11 seconds left.

After outshooting the Steelers 16-7 in the first period, the Oil Caps didn’t let up in the second, firing 21 shots on goal, however they couldn’t find a way to solve Steelers netminder Zachary Bennett as the score remained 2-0 after 40 minutes.

The Oil Caps ended up keeping the Steelers off the scoresheet in the third, while picking up a big insurance goal late as Kirkup picked up his 35th of the season at the 17:37 mark.

Dalton Dosch ended up with the shutout, stopping all 20 shots he faced between the pipes for Virden.

“I was seeing the puck really well,” he said. “I felt like I played solid. I was always square to the puck tonight.”


Extra Notes:

  • It was billet appreciation night at Tundra Oil and Gas Place. All the Oil Caps billets were honoured in a pregame ceremony.
  • The shutout by Dalton Dosch was his second of the season. It was also his 14th win of the year.
  • The Oil Caps outshot the Steelers 45-20 overall.
  • The Twin Valley Co-op three stars for tonight’s game: Dalton Dosch was star No. 1, Steelers netminder Zachary Bennett was star No. 2, while Tyler Kirkup, who had a goal and two assists, was the third star.
  • The Redfern Farm Services hardest working player was Oil Caps blueliner Justin Lee.
  • The Oil Caps next game is next Thursday night at home against the Winnipeg Blues. Game time for that contest is 7:30 p.m.