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Special Teams Made the Difference in Waywayseecappo

The Oil Capitals faced off against a rejuvenated Wolverines squad last night at the Waywayseecappo Arena Complex.

Special teams were the story in the 1st period, as Brady Pupp got his first goal as a Wolverine, on the power play at the 6:15 mark assisted by Jake Bestul. Xavier Halterman then capitalized shorthanded for the Wolverines at the 10:52 point of the 1st, assisted by Preston Seymour.

In the 2nd, Kolten Kanaski scored for the Caps at the midway point of the period assisted by Paddock and Cloutier pulling the Oil Capitals within 1 going into the 3rd period.

Special Teams again were a factor in the 3rd, as Wayway pulled ahead by 2 again, with their second shorthanded goal of the night.  This time Brandon Lawson capitalized on the Oil Capitals man advantage just 30 seconds in the final frame, assisted by Bestul and Alex Lucken. Morgan Poirier added an insurance marker with his first of the season at the 5:15 point of the 3rd assisted by Conrad Phillips.

Dalton Dosch made 16 saves on the night in his 4th consecutive game to start the season. Isaac Labelle won his 4th of the season while making 29 saves on the night.

Head Coach and GM Troy Leslie commented on the game. “Our team is going to have a hard time winning any night you give up two short handed goals. I thought there was times tonight when we did a good job of creating momentum and just struggled to score on our chances. I thought they did a good job of getting to the net when they had chances and scored on some second efforts.”

The Oil Capitals record now sits at 1-2-1 going into the off day today.  The Caps travel to Swan Valley to play the Stampeders on Tuesday followed by a home date against the Wolverines on Thursday the 4th at the Tundra Oil and Gas Place.