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The Oil Caps drop a big game to the Natives but come back to win vs the Blues

Friday night the first period saw only 1 Virden goal to make the score 1-0. The second period saw 2 Natives goals to make the score 2-1 tonight. Early in the third the Natives scored for a 3-1 lead. The Oil Caps tied the game 3-3. The game went to OT where at the end the Natives scored to make the final score 4-3. 

The first period was early at 3:42 when Virden’s Owen Blocker scored his 15th of the season on the power play, to make the score 1-0. 

The second period kicked off at 3:19 when the Natives Konnor Carlson scored his 9th of the season to tie the game 1-1. Late in the period Bradley Marshall scored his 15th of the season at 18:37 to make the score 2-1 for Natives. 

The third period kicked off early at 0:50 when the Natives Connor Smith scored his 6th of the season to make the score 3-1 for Neepawa. Later in the period at 6:48 Virden’s Tristan Thompson scored his 14th of the season to make the score 3-2 for the Natives. Less than a minute later Oil Caps Jaxon Heeney scored his fifth as an Oil Cap to tie the game 3-3 and eventually force an OT period. 

Late in the OT period Natives Konnor Carlson scored his second of the game at 4:35 into the OT period to give Neepawa the 4-3 win. 

Neepawa’s Michael Davis took home the win stopping 57 of 60 shots for a save percentage of 95.0%. Virden’s Kyle Kozma got an OT loss stopping just 20 of 24 shots put on him for a save percentage of 83.3%. 

Saturday night the first period saw an early Virden goal for the 1-0 lead. The second period saw another goal by the Oil Caps to make to the score 2-0. Late in the period the Blues scored a quick 2 goal to make the score 2-2. The third period kicked off with 2 goals from the Oil Caps to give Virden back the 2 goal lead with a 4-2 score. The Blues gained back 1 goal but couldn’t score again to make the final score 4-3 for Virden. 

The first period saw just 1 early goal when Jaxon Heeney scored his 6th as an Oil Cap at 1:22 for a 1-0 Virden lead headed into the second period. 

The second period scoring kicked off at 6:29 when Hunter Cloutier scored his 29th of the season to make the score 2-0 for Virden. The Blues made a comeback when Mitchell Joss scored his 27th of the season at 15:34 to make the score 2-1 Virden. The Blues next goal was scored on a penalty shot, Josiah Vanderhooft scored his 20th of the season after Virden’s Brett Paddock drew the penalty shot to tie the game 2-2. 

In the third period Virden’s Darren Gisti scored his second as an Oil Cap at 8:53 to give the Oil Caps back the lead with a 3-2 score. At 13:01 Kolten Kanaski scored his 29th of the season to extend Virden’s lead to 4-2. At 14:54 Winnipeg’s Mitchell Joss scored his 2nd of the game to make the final score of the game 4-3 for Virden. 

Virden’s Ethan Peterson got the win stopping 29 of 32 shots for a save percentage of 90.6%. Winnipeg’s Will Gurski took home the loss stopping 40 of 44 shots for a save percentage of 90.9%.