March, 12, 2017
Virden, MB - The Caps came into Sunday night’s game after facing a hard fought 5-4 OT loss on Friday night at Winkler. Last night’s 4-1 loss to the Winkler Flyers put the Caps down 2-0 in the MJHL Quarterfinal best of seven series. Virden Oil Capitals Assistant Captain Carter Duffin said, “ We were excited to come home after a long game one in Winkler and play in front of our hometown fans. Through the first two periods we were able to get a lot of pucks on net and we needed to capitalize sooner. We are working towards having a quick turn around as we head back to Winkler, knowing that we have had success in that building in the past and we will look to get on the score board early to get momentum back in our favour.”
Marc Audet started between the pipes for the Virden Oil Capitals playing in his first playoff game as an Oil Capital. Looking to bounce back from Friday’s 5-4 OT loss the Oil Capitals came out flying but couldn’t put one by Winkler’s goalie, Troy Martyniuk. The Flyers opened up the scoring at 13:22 with a power play goal from Ian Mackey assisted by Tyler Jubenvill and Lawson McDonald. At the end of the first period, the Caps trailed 1-0 and shots on goal were 17-12 for the Oil Caps.
The second period was a quiet one with no scoring on either side. The Caps were outshot 15-6 after 40 minutes of play.
The Flyers put their second of the game on the board at 14:57 with a power play goal from Coltyn Bates assisted by Tyler Jubenvill and Lawson McDonald. The Flyers stretched the lead to three with a goal at 15:19 from Ian Mackey assisted by Nolan McGuire. The Caps answered back at 16:58 with a power play goal from Tyler Kirkup assisted by Ben Dalke and Kirklan Lycar, 3-1 Flyers. At 18:03 the Flyers sealed the deal with a goal from Matt Christian assisted by Brody Moffatt and Mitch Dyck, 4-1. The Flyers took game 2 with a score of 4-1 and outshot the Oil Capitals 42-30.
The Caps next action is tomorrow night at Winkler for game 3! The next home action is Thursday, March 16th for game 4 – 7:30 pm puck drop.