Virden Oil Capitals and the Winkler Flyers met for the first time in pre-season with Virden Oil Capitals looking to bounce back from a 4-3 loss Tuesday night in Portage.
Virden Oil Capitals were quick to get on to the score board with Colten Miller scoring just 13 seconds into the first period.
Winkler’s forward Justin Svenson responded shortly after making it 1-1.
Goal scoring was at a premium in the first period as the oil caps scored 3 more before the end of the first 20 minutes. The Oil Caps goals were scored by Dylan Halliday, Logan Rands, and Tootoo Fotheringham.
During the second frame the Oil Caps continued to push with Layton Veitch scoring just under 2 minutes in.
The Winkler Flyers responded with two goals of their own however before the end of the second Colton Miller scored preserving the Oil Caps 3 goal lead.
Flyers forward Justin Svenson scored his second of the night but the Oil Caps forward Dylan Halliday foiled any Winkler plans for a comeback when he broke in alone to score his second of the game, ending the game at a 7-4 win for your Oil Caps.
Head coach and GM Tyson Ramsey had this to say:
“I thought our group did a lot of good things. Winkler played a physical game and I thought we handled that fairly well. We had to defend a lot and bent at times but didn’t break. We were in the penalty box way too much however our power play was pretty good for not having many reps and our and our penalty kill was decent. I liked lots of the things we did offensively but there were some moments we turned the puck over way too much. Overall, a good effort and we look forward to tonight”.
A well-deserved win on home ice in front of our faithful fanbase. It was great to see fans in the stands again! You can catch the action on HockeyTV.
The Oil Caps head on the road to Winkler this evening for a rematch with the Flyers! Oil Caps next home action is Tuesday, Sept. 14 against the Portage Terriers. 7:30 puck drop.