2021-22 MJHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 1
April 16th – Game 1 – Game Highlights
To start the first period the Oil Caps took back-to-back penalties, however the Pistons were not able to get one in as the Caps killed both of them. There were no goals scored in the first.
Dylan Halliday opened the scoring the just shy of 2 minutes into the second with assists from Huminuk and Wallace. 40 seconds later the Pistons answered back tying the game up 1-1.
Braden Fischer put one past Hambley on a 2 on 1 making it 2-1 for the Caps.
The lead wasn’t held long with Steinbach’s Ty Paisley scoring on a man advantage tying the game back up 2-2.
Zach Power gave the Pistons their first lead of the game at 16:17 making it 3-2 heading into the third period.
In the third, Oil Cap Braden Fischer scored 2 quick goals just under 1 minute apart. Fischer’s second of the night at 11:57 on a powerplay with an assist from Logan Rands and his third of the night for the HAT TRICK at 12:44 unassisted.
Pistons Langley Kruggel scored with 4 minutes left tying the game up once again 4-4.
Neither of the teams let up for the final 4 minutes of regular time sending the game into overtime.
Overtime didn’t last long as Zach Power scored from the right faceoff dot 24 seconds into OT.
After a hard-fought game, the Pistons took the win 5-4 in overtime.
April 17th – Game 2 – Game Highlights
The Pistons came out quick with Braden Birnie scoring 42 seconds into the first period giving Steinbach the lead. The lead would be held just about through the whole first period, however, with just under a minute left in the period Oil Cap Nathan McInnis took a shot where Nathan Driver found the rebound putting the puck into the open net.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the second.
Braden Fischer gave the Caps the lead just over 2 minutes in with an assist from Tyler Thoendel. Fischer would score the only goal during the second. The lead was held right into the final 20 minutes of the game.
In the final period with his second of the night, Braden Fischer furthered the Oil Caps lead at 1:17 assisted by Halliday and Driver.
Steinbach’s Braden Birnie scored 5 minutes later on a powerplay making it 3-2, however later on in the period, Oil Cap Baeu Larson got a partial breakaway and scored on Hambley resulting in a 2-goal lead for the Caps.
The Caps took the win for game 2!
GM and Head Coach Tyson Ramsey had this to say about the weekend and the upcoming home games:
“I was really pleased with our effort this weekend. To come out of a tough rink to play in with a split was huge especially after losing game 1 in OT. I thought we competed really hard both nights but didn’t defend the front of our net well enough on Friday night and allowed them back in. We were better in that regard last night and to come home for 2 with the series tied feels pretty good! As good as that feels we know that games will get tougher as we go here and we will need to take care of business at home or last weekend didn’t mean much. I like the mindset of our guys; we have a few areas to clean up and we have a day here to work in those and catch our breath. Should be a fun couple of night’s here in Virden!”
Oil Caps next action against the Steinbach Pistons for games 3 & 4 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place is Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st. 7:30pm puck drops!