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Whitecloud Leads Third Period Charge Over Natives

Zach Whitecloud tallied three points tonight including a pair of third period goals to lead the Virden Oil Capitals (22-16-4) to a 6-3 win over the visiting Neepawa Natives (11-29-2).

Dylan Thiessen got things going in the first period on the power play with his 15th of the season. Whitecloud and Devan Schram drew the assists on the games opening tally. However it was the Natives who fired back with a pair of goals from, the first from Stephen Phillips and the second from Drake Lindsay with the man advantage. Virden trailed 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes.

Taylor Fisher drew the game even with a power play goal midway through the second, but it was Lindsay again responding for the Natives to restore their lead to 3-2 after the middle frame.

From there, it was all Oil Caps. Owen Solecki tied the game at 3-3 with his first in an Oil Caps uniform on a beautiful feed from Corey Haverstick on the back door. Ben Williams got in on the action with his 22nd of the season to go up 4-3, before Whitecloud scored his pair of goals, 3:37 apart, to pull away from the Natives midway through the third period.

Cam Pateman picked up the win in goal, steering aside 14 shots on the night. Alex Henry was on the hook for the loss, allowing six goals on 36 shots.

The Oil Caps will have a few days to rest before returning to home ice on Tuesday night when they host the visiting Waywayseeappo Wolverines (13-24-3). Game time for that contest is 7:30 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.