The Oil Caps drop a tough road game to the Steinbach Pistons. The first period saw a late power play goal by Steinbach to put them up 1-0 going into the second period. The second period started with an early goal by Virden to tie the game 1-1. Steinbach flipped the momentum scoring 2 goals before the end of the period making the score 3-1 going into the third period. The third period kicked off with a Virden goal as they took advantage of a power play to make the score just 3-2. However Steinbach scored a goal not long after to increase their lead to 4-2. A late goal on the empty net secured the Pistons win with a final score of 5-2.
The first period was quiet scoring wise with just one goal, scored by the Pistons Declan Graham. Declan scored his second of the season at 19:51 on the power play to give Steinbach the 1-0 lead headed into the second period.
The second period saw an early goal by Virden’s Tanner Andrew, scoring his sixteenth at 1:07 to tie the game at 1-1. Less than 6 minutes later at 6:58, Steinbach’s Neo Kiemeney scored his first of the season to take back the Pistons lead with a 2-1 score. Steinbach took advantage of another power play at 18:22, when Ty Naaykens scored his ninth, to increase the Pistons lead to 3-1.
In the third period Virden finally took advantage of a power play at 7:14 when Hunter Cloutier scored his eighteenth to cut the Steinbach lead to 3-2. The Pistons had other plans however, with Tanner Mole scoring his first of the season at 11:44 to extend their lead to 4-2. To close out the game Steinbach’s Ty Naaykens scored his second of the game at 19:18 on the empty net to make the final score 5-2 for the Pistons.
Steinbach’s Dante Giannuzzi stopped 28 of 30 shots for a save percentage of 93.3%. Virden’s Kyle Kozma took the loss stopping 35 of 40 shots for a save percentage of 89.7%.