The Oil Caps win another 2 big ones to jump to 5th place in the standings. The Oil Caps have added 4 points and extended their win streak to 7 games. On Thursday night they beat the Swan Valley Stampeders in an dominating 7-3 victory! On Friday night the Oil Caps won 2-1 in an exciting shootout victory!
The first period was busy with the Stampeders kicking off the scoring at 7:53 when Josh Maucieri scored his 6th of the season on the power play to give Swan Valley the 1-0 lead. Swan Valley’s Jamie Valentino scored his 1st of the season, unassisted at 12:55, to give the Stampeders a 2-0 lead. 3 minutes later at 15:55 Virden took advantage of a power play to give Brett Paddock his 9th goal of the season to cut the Stampeders lead in half to 2-1. Late in the period at 19:13 Dylan Halliday scored his 14th of the season on the power play to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the second period.
The second period started early with Virden’s Kolten Kanaski scoring his 20th, just 34 seconds into the period, this gave the Oil Caps the 3-2 lead. Just 28 seconds later a 1:02 Oil Caps Brett Paddock scored his second of the game once again on the power play to extend their lead to 4-2. Swan Valley took advantage of their own power play with Ryley Lanthier scored his 4th of the season at 3:46 to cut the Oil Caps lead down to 4-3. However Virden took the momentum back when Jack Einarson scored his 10th at 5:40 to give the Oil Caps the 5-3 lead. Virden’s Tanner Andrew scored his 23rd at 15:25 to extend the Oil Caps lead to 6-3. Tanner Andrew scored his second of the game at 17:46 to give the Oil Caps the 7-3 lead.
With no scoring in the third period the Oil Caps took home a big win with a final score of 7-3!
Virden’s Kyle Kozma took the win stopping 27 of 30 shots for a save percentage of 90.0%. Swan Valley’s Michael Foucher took the loss stopping just 21 of 28 shots faced in his 40 minutes of ice time for a save percentage of 75.0%. Swan Valley’s Jaden Little faced 13 shots in his 20 minutes of ice time stopping all 13 for a save percentage of 100.0%.
In the win over Winkler the first period saw a tie game that continued all the way through to a shootout. After 7 rounds of a shootout the Oil Capitals finally took the win after battling through the game.
In the first period Virden opened the scoring when Tanner Andrew scored his 25th of the season at 3:13 to give the Oil Caps the early 1-0. Winkler tied it up at 7:46 when Jaden McCarthy scored his 25th of the season to tie the game at 1-1. The 1-1 tie lasted through the second and third period as well as the overtime period until they got to the shootout.
Virden’s Tanner Andrew was up first in the shootout and scored, Hunter Cloutier was second up and scored his shot. Winkler sent up Jaden McCarthy in the second round who scored, and then sent up Drake Burgin who scored as well. Dylan Halliday scored the game winning shot in the seventh round to win the game for the Oil Capitals.
Virden’s Ethan Peterson took the win stopping 33 of 34 shots he faced for a save percentage of 97.1%. Winkler’s Dorrin Luding took the shootout loss stopped 23 of 24 shots for a save percentage of 95.8%