Virden Picks Up 2 Points During Their Road Trip North

The Oil Capitals picked up 2 points in their Sunday game, starting the scoring early and picking up 2 goals in the first period, and giving up one for an early 2-1 lead over OCN. The second period started with another 2 early goals by Virden and one scored shortly after by OCN, leaving the score at the end of the second period as 4-2. Virden opened the scoring early in the third, extending Virden’s lead to 5-2. OCN took a goal back to make the score 5-3 for the Oil Capitals. Virden secured the win with an empty net goal making the final score 6-3.

The first period started early with Virden’s Josh Belcher scoring his fourth of the season on the power play. With that goal being at 1:03 it gave the Oil Capitals a very early 1-0 lead. Virden’s Tanner Andrew scored his sixth at 8:07, giving Virden a 2-0 lead. OCN took advantage of a power play, with Ryan Butler scoring his fourth at 14:43. That closed out the scoring for there period making it an early 2-1 Virden lead.

Virden kicked off the scoring in the second with Hunter Cloutier scoring his eighth shorthanded, and unassisted.  Time of that goal was 3:37 and that extended Virden’s lead to 3-1. Oil Capital Tristan Thompson scored his third at 6:08, giving Virden a commanding 4-1 lead. However at 6:35 Blizzard player Ryan Butler scored his second of the game, fifth of the season, to cut Virden’s lead to just 4-2, with that staying the score through  the end of the second period. 

Virden’s Josh Belcher scored another early goal, his second of the game, and fifth of the season. With that goal at 2:05 Virden took a 5-2 lead. Later in the period at 13:32 OCN’s Tobias Commanda-Odjick scored his first to make the score closer at 5-3 for Virden. Oil Capital Owen Blocker scored his first on the empty net at 18:24, to secure Virden’s win with a final score of 6-3.

Virden’s Dalton Dosch picked up the win stopping 45 of 48 shots for a save percentage of 0.938. OCN’s Zack Cloutier took the loss, stopping 16 of 20 shots while he was in net for a save percentage of 80.0%. Danick Rodrigue took over at 6:08 in the second and he stopped 13 of 14 shots put to him, for a save percentage of 92.9%.

Monday afternoons game was a different story, with the Oil Capitals dropping the game in regulation. OCN opened the scoring early in the first period, with Virden gaining the goal back shortly after tying the score 1-1. However the Blizzard took the lead back shortly before the end of the first period with a 2-1 score headed into the second period. The second period was quiet with only one goal being scored late in the period by OCN to extend their lead to 3-1. Early in the third Virden took back a goal to make the score a close 3-2. However the game ended with OCN scoring and making the final score 4-2 for the Blizzard.

OCN’s Riley Zimmerman got his first goal of the season at 3:29, giving the Blizzard an early 1-0. Virden’s Tanner Andrew tied the game shortly after at 5:14, scoring his seventh of the season, making the score 1-1. Late in the period OCN took back the lead, with Kobe Campbell scoring his second, making the score 2-1 going into the second period.

The second period was quiet with a late goal by the Blizzard. Boston Bird scored his third to increase the lead to 3-1 going into the third period.

Virden’s Dylan Halliday took advantage of a power play scoring his fourth just 2:00 into the third period. However the Blizzard’s Ryan Butler took back their goal, scoring his sixth at 7:17. This left the final score at 4-2 for the OCN Blizzard.

OCN’s Danick Rodrigue picked up the win, stopping 32 of 34 shots for a save percentage of 94.1%. Virden’s Riley Wallace picked up the loss, stopping 32 of 36 shots for a save percentage of 88.9%


Next Home Game : Saturday Oct. 19th vs Winnipeg Blues