The Virden Oil Capitals hung on to first place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Sher-Wood Division on Friday night, but not by much.
Max Provencher scored the game-tying goal and the shootout winner for the host Swan Valley Stampeders (16-19-1) as they beat the Oil Capitals 3-2. That point for the shootout loss kept Virden (21-11-2) one point ahead of the hard-charging Dauphin Kings in the standings.
In Friday night’s other games, it was: Dauphin 5, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 2; Portage Terriers 4, Winnipeg Blues 3; Steinbach Pistons 5, OCN Blizzard 1; and Selkirk Steelers 4, Winkler Flyers 2.
At Swan River, Dylan Hykawy opened the scoring on a Stampeder power-play goal that was set up Boissevain’s Jagger Thomas. Souris’s Jordan Greig replied on the man advantage for the Oil Capitals seven minutes later.
Patrick D’Amico, who assisted on Greig’s marker along with Melita’s Lucas Oliver, gave Virden the lead midway through the second, but Provencher tied it up two minutes later. D’Amico also scored in the shootout.
Nathan Armstrong made 39 saves for the Stampeders, while Adam Iwan had 27 stops for the Oil Capitals.
Kings 5 Wolverines 2
At Dauphin, Kings goalie Michael Stilladis capped the win by scoring into an empty-net while his team was short-handed. Mitch Van Teeling netted a pair of goals, while fellow Brandonite Brayden Cuthbert and Cameron Whyte, who’s from Virden, added singles for the Kings (21-12-1), winners of seven straight. George Splichal and Craig Fournier netted the markers for the Wolverines (9-22-2), while Brandonite Justin Holder made 29 saves.
Terriers 4 Blues 3
At Portage la Prairie, Dan Schioler and Elkhorn’s Brad Bowles scored in the third period to keep the Terriers (24-7-5) in a tie for the league lead with the Pistons and extend their winning streak to six games. Taylor Friesen paced Portage with a goal and two helpers. Liam Bilton led the Blues (18-12-5) with a goal and an assist.
Pistons 5 Blizzard 1
At The Pas, Colin Baudry scored a pair of goals, while Hayden Goderis added a goal and two helpers for the Pistons (26-7-1), who have now won five straight. Tyler Grove scored the lone goal for OCN (14-20-2), which has dropped its last five games.
Steelers 4 Flyers 2
At Winkler, Brett Dudar scored a pair of goals, with Derrick Brooks and Erik Pushka adding singles for the Steelers (24-6-2). Scott Gall and Nathan Kolowsky replied for the Flyers (10-23-2).
Justin Coachman of the Neepawa Natives has been suspended two games for receiving a gross misconduct penalty in Thursday’s game against the Kings.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 21, 2013