The Oil Capitals Lose First Game of a 3 Game Homestead to Portage

The Oil Capitals lost a tough game at home last night vs the Terriers. The scoring started early for the Terriers and the Oil Capitals struggled to turn the momentum. Portage scored 3 goals before Virden could score their first and then came back to score 4 afterwards.

The first period scoring started early with Portage’s Lane Taylor scoring his first of preseason just 0:40 into the period. The scoring continued with Tyler Lees scoring his first of preseason shorthanded at 15:01, putting Portage up 2-0. To end off the scoring of the period Mackenzie Belinski scored his first, unassisted at 16:54, putting the Terriers up 3-0 by the end of the first period.

Virden kicked off the scoring in the second period, with Hunter Cloutier scoring his first 3:46 into the period making the score 3-1 for Portage. The Terriers took back over the score clock, with Sheldin Howard scoring his second of preseason at 5:13 into the period. Terrier Kolten Shindle brought the score to 5-1 with his first of preseason, scoring at 9:11 of the second period. The Terriers closed the period with Austin Clyne scoring his second of preseason at 18:35 into the period, leaving the period with a solid 6-1 lead.

The Terriers closed the game with a power play goal. Joey Moffatt got his first of preseason during a 5 on 3 power play for the Terriers, making the final score of the game 7-1.

Coach Tyson Ramsey had this to say about the game, “It was a good game for our group. The score is not indicative of the quality chances we created and we will need to be better at getting to the hard areas to score. Portage dressed a much more experienced lineup and I thought there were some good things that we saw and we also saw areas that we really need work on. It was also a good game for our younger guys to get a taste of what the speed, skill and physicality is like in this league.” With assistant coach Reid Gow adding, “The game was a great measuring stick of where we want to get too.”

Remaining Preseason Games :

Saturday Sept. 14th vs Wayway


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