The Oil Capitals won the final game of preseason by battling back to beat the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Wayway started the scoring early into the first and scored a second before the end of the period, leaving the first period score at 2-0. The Wolverines open the scoring early in the second but Virden fought back, scoring 2, and ended the period with Wayway up 3-2. Wayway scored 2 more early into the third but Virden came back fighting scoring 3, making the score tied 5-5 with 5 minutes left to play in the third. The Wolverines scored another, almost leaving Virden with the win, but with 21 seconds left Virden scored, tying the game at 6-6, and forcing the overtime period. Virden made short work of the overtime period, scoring just 23 seconds in, making the final score 7-6 for the Oil Capitals.
The first period started off early with the Wolverines Conrad Phillips scoring his second of preseason at 5:03 into the period. It got quiet for awhile before Wayway scored again. Anthony Bilka scored his first of playoffs on the power play at 15:38 into the period. That ended the scoring for the period at 2-0 for the Wolverines.
The second period kicked off with another early goal by the Wolverines. Logan Wotton scored his first of preseason at 3:57 into the period, extending Wayway’s lead to 3-0 over Virden. The Oil Capitals fought back, with Tristan Thompson scoring his first of preseason at 11:36, shrinking the Wolverines lead to 3-1. Tanner Andrew ended the period by scoring his first of preseason on the power play at 19:40. This put the Oil Capitals down only 1 headed into the third, with the score sitting at 3-2 for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines Anthony Bilka scored his second of the game, just 1:14 into the third period. This left the score at 4-2 for the Wolverines. Wayway continued with the momentum, with Gerrick Ripley scoring his second of preseason at 6:00, extending the Wolverines lead to 5-2. Virden shifted the momentum, with Hunter Cloutier scoring his second of preseason on the power play at 11:59. This cut the Wolverines lead to 2, with the score at 5-3. Virden’s Colin Cook continued to cut Wayway’s lead, scoring his fourth of preseason at 11:59. Wayway still leading by 1 with the score at 5-4. The game was tied 5-5 shortly after, at 13:09 when Jack Einarson scored his first of preseason. The Wolverines took the lead back when Matt Kasowski scored his first of preseason at 15:02 making the score 6-5. However Virden fought back with Kolten Kanaski scoring his first of preseason, with just 21 seconds left in the game he had the game tied 6-6.
Virden’s Brett Paddock made short work of the overtime period scoring just 23 seconds in, that goal being his fourth of preseason. Leaving the final score as 7-6 for the Virden Oil Capitals.
Head Coach Tyson Ramsey had this to say about the game, ”I thought it was a good step forward in some areas for our group. I liked the fact that we never gave up after they made it 5-2 and we stood up for each other when we needed to. We are certainly seeing that we need a lot of work in our own end of the rink but we will have a good week of practice to work on those things and be ready for Friday night in Selkirk. Overall it was a good win for our group to finish the exhibition season.”
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