The Oil Capitals drop a game to the Blues in an upset. The first period started early with the Blues scoring 2 goals before the 4 minute mark. Virden cut the lead in half, halfway through the period, with that being the lat goal of the period it made the score 2-1 going into the second period. The second period was dominated by the Oil Capitals but they couldn’t capitalize. Winnipeg scored a late goal to extend their lead to 3-1 going into the third period. The Blues started the third period off early scoring 2 by just over the 10 minute mark to make the score 5-1. Virden took back a goal but it wasn’t enough with the final score being 5-2.
Winnipeg wasted no time in the first period, with Mikol Sartor scoring his fourth of the season just 22 seconds in. This gave the Blues an early 1-0 lead. Winnipeg continued with their momentum with Duncan Jowett scoring his second at 3:45 into the period, this gave the Blues a 2-0 lead. The Oil Capitals flipped the momentum when captain Kolten Kanaski scored his ninth at 10:04. This cut the Winnipeg lead in half with a score of 2-1, and with no scoring for the rest of the period that score was how they started the second period.
Despite a period heavily dominated by the Oil Capitals with shots being 18-4 in favour of Virden, they couldn’t capitalize. The Blues Ethan Hersant scored his first at 18:41 extending their lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.
The Blues continued scoring with the momentum on their side. Josh Ernst scored his first at 2:59 on the power play to put Winnipeg ahead 4-1. Blues player Mitchell Joss scored his first at 10:09 to put Winnipeg up 5-1. Virden’s Bradyn Smelski scored his first at 15:53 to put the final score at 5-2 for the Blues.
Winnipeg’s Cooper Hatfield picked up the win stopping 39 of 41 shots for a save percentage of 95.1%. Dalton Dosch took the loss stopping 19 of 24 shots for a save percentage of 79.2%