The Oil Capitals Battle Back to Win Their Final Preseason Game

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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