Feb. 27, 2017
The Oil Capitals hit the road, Friday, February 24 in the morning, to match up against OCN Blizzard for the first game of three on the road. This was the Capitals first road game since Saturday, February 4 against Wayway Wolverines.
OCN opened up the scoring in the first period with a power play goal at 8:06 from George King assisted by Brady Keeper. At the end of 20 minutes of play, the Caps trailed by one but outshot the Blizzard 14-6.
The Oil Capitals managed to find the back of the net at 7:21 in the second period with a goal from Dylan Thiessen assisted by Carter Cowlthorp to tie the game 1-1. That wouldn’t be all from the Caps in the second as Tyler Kirkup put a short-handed goal by OCN goaltender at 18:26 assisted by Carter Cowlthorp. At the end of the second period, the Caps were in the lead 2-1 with a goal from Dylan Thiessen and a shorthanded goal from Tyler Kirkup. The shots on goal in the second were 17-5 for the Blizzard.
The third period was all Capitals again with a goal from Captain, Mack Hardy at 5:02 unassisted to stretch the lead to 3-1. Hardy got his second of the game with a goal at 17:24 assisted by Carter Cowlthorp. At the end of the third period, it was 4-1 Capitals and the shots on goal were 30-28 for the Blizzard.
The Capitals next game was against the Swan Valley Stampeders Saturday, February 23 which the Caps hoped to continue on their winning ways from Friday’s game. The Caps managed to do just that pulling out a 3-1 win over the Stampeders to earn a two-game winning streak.
The Stampeders found the back of the net first with a goal at 7:17 in the first period from Cody Ellingson assisted by Noah Basarab and Brian Harris. At the end of the first period, the Caps trailed by one and shots on goal were 13-11 in favour of the Caps.
The second period Kyle Salaway evened the score early with a goal at 28 seconds in assisted by Jordan Thomson and Ben Dalke. The Caps took the lead at 19:31 with a goal from Carter Cowlthorp assisted by Dylan Thiessen and Sam Schultz. At the end of 40 minutes of play, the Caps were in the lead 2-1 and shots on goal were 15-8 for the Capitals.
The Caps scored the only goal in the third period at 1:49 on the power play from Kyle Salaway for his second of the game assisted by Carter Cowlthorp. The Caps took the game 3-1 and final shots on goal were 36-30 for the Caps.
The Caps also earned all three stars of the game: Third Star – Marc Audet, Second Star – Carter Cowlthorp, and First Star – Kyle Salaway.
The third and final game of the three-game road trip was a rematch against the Swan Valley Stampeders. The Caps came close but couldn’t seal the deal, losing 3-2 in Sunday night’s game. The Caps earned four out of the six possible points.
The Stampeders opened up the scoring with a goal at 11:26 in the first period from Brian Harris assisted by Jason Cohan and Cody Elligson. The Capitals evened the score at 18:46 on the power play with a goal from Kirkaln Lycar assisted by Jordan Thomson and Dylan Thiessen. At the end of 20 minutes of play, the Caps and Stampeders were tied 1-1. The Shots on goal were 12-8 in favour of the Capitals.
Carter Cowlthorp put the Capitals in the lead 2-1 with a goal at 4:44 assisted by Jordan Thomson and Dylan Thiessen. The Stampeders evened up the score with a goal at 17:22 from Stephon Perreault assisted by Jaden Townsend and Carson Boyecko. At the end of two periods, the Caps and Stampeders were tied 2-2 and the shots on goal were 21-13 for the Caps.
Swan Valley Stampeders put one by Marc Audet early in the third with a goal from Stephon Perreault assisted by Jason Cohan and Cody Elligson to take the lead 3-2. That would be enough for the Stampeders to hold on and earn a 3-2 win over the Capitals. The final shots on goal were 45-32 for the Virden Oil Capitals.
The Caps next action is on the road Saturday, March 4 against the Winkler Flyers. This game will wrap up the Capitals 2016-17 regular season games!