March 17, 2017
Virden, MB- The Virden Oil Capitals, Ben Dalke scored an impressive power play goal at 5:33 into double overtime to beat the Winkler Flyers in game 4 and tie the of the best of seven MJHL Quarter-Final Series 2-2. The Virden Oil Capitals power play proved to be the difference-maker in last night’s game. Head Coach, Troy Leslie said, “ Last night was a tight close checking game that could have gone either way right to the end. This is what playoff hockey is all about and we are looking forward to a full barn on Sunday!”
The Oil Caps were back in their home barn after Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory on the road. The Oil Capitals were looking to keep the momentum rolling in their direction and did just that starting off the game opening up the scoring with an early goal from Jordan Thomson for his second of the series with a shot from the point and finding its way to the back of the net. The Oil Capitals have opened up the scoring three times in the best of seven series. The Oil Capitals were in the lead 1-0 after the first period, with a goal from Jordan Thomson to put them in the lead. The shots on goal were 10-8 for the Virden Oil Capitals after the first.
With the Oil Capitals to an early lead in the first period, the Flyers kept battling and were able to put one by Riley McVeigh midway through the second period with a goal from Tyler Jubenvill assisted by Nolan McGuire to tie the game 1-1. At the end of the second period, the Oil Capitals and Winkler Flyers were tied 1-1. The shots on goal after the second were 14-12 for the Virden Oil Capitals.
The Oil Capitals and Flyers were still tied after the final period of play in the game. The Flyers came within inches of taking a 2-1 lead, but McVeigh kept the puck out of the net and forced the game into overtime. For the second time in the series, the Oil Capitals and Flyers needed to take the game to overtime. In the second overtime period Oil Capitals, Ben Dalke scored a beautiful power play goal to win the game and tie the series 2-2.
Riley McVeigh made 36 saves in last night’s game and earned his second win of the series. The Oil Capitals outshot the Flyers 44-37.
Assistant Coach, Carter Duffin said, ” We identified at the beginning of this series that we needed to have strong and fast starts against Winkler. Last night we got on the board early and continued to out shoot them in the first period. As we get deeper into this series, we will continue to hold strong to our structure and pushing the tempo, giving us the opportunity to find success every night.”
Oil Capitals next action is on the road Friday, March 17th for game 5 of the series. The Caps next home action is Sunday, March 19th for game 6 back at Tundra Oil & Gas Place – puck drop 7:00 pm. Tickets are now on sale at the Virden Oil Capitals Office March 17th until 3:30 pm, Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 am until 5:00pm and Sunday, March 19th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm!