Elkhorn’s Curtis Oliver scored 22 seconds into Sunday’s Manitoba Junior Hockey League game in Virden and his Oil Capital teammates added three more in the opening frame as the host squad beat the Dauphin Kings 5-3.
In Sunday’s other game, it was: Winkler Flyers 5, Neepawa Natives 3.
On Saturday, it was: Oil Capitals 6, OCN Blizzard 2; Steinbach Pistons 2, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 1; Swan Valley Stampeders 5, Natives 0; and Winnipeg Blues 6, Flyers 3.
In Virden, Devan Schram and Corey Haverstick both had a goal and an assist for the Sher-Wood Division-leading Oil Caps (18-9-1). Killarney’s Jesse Bernard replied with a goal for Dauphin (14-12-1), while Souris’s Tanner Butler had two assists. Killarney’s Brian Archibald came off the bench to stop 15 of the 16 shots he faced in the final two periods for the Kings.
Flyers 5 Natives 3
In Neepawa, Travis Marit scored twice for Winkler (9-17-4). Gladstone’s Lyndon Soper set up a pair of goals for the Natives (7-17-4), while Robby Moar had a goal and an assist.
Oil Capitals 6 Blizzard 2
In The Pas, Lucas Oliver scored two goals and set up three others for the Oil Capitals. Patrick D’Amico added two goals and two helpers, while Devan Schram had a goal and three assists for Virden, with Brandonite Justin Holder making 26 saves for the win. T.J. Constant and Nakehko Lamothe scored for the Blizzard (13-16-1).
Pistons 2 Wolverines 1
In Waywayseecappo, Zach Rakochy made 27 saves as the Pistons (21-5-0) won their fifth straight to move into first place overall. Daniel Taillefer and David MacGregor scored the Steinbach goals. Drake Bodie scored for the Wolverines (8-17-1), who got 32 saves from MacGregor’s Mitch Wiebe.
Stampeders 5 Natives 0
In Swan River, Nic Erb and Carter Johnson each had two goals and an assist for the Stampeders (14-16-1), while Nathan Armstrong made 22 saves for the shutout. Brandonite Tyson Verhelst made 46 saves for the Natives.
Blues 6 Flyers 3
In Winkler, Scott Rowswell, Jackson Keane, Warren Callis and Joel Schreyer each contributed a goal and an assist to a balanced attack for the Blues (14-11-3). Tristan Keck scored all three Flyer goals.
There was a flurry of activity for teams on the weekend as seven deals went down before Sunday’s deadline that forced teams to get down to 25 carded players.
The Kings picked up Brandonite Brayden Cuthbert in a blockbuster deal from the Natives in exchange for a pair of 20-year-olds — defenceman Colton Magwood of Killarney and forward Michael Sofillas — and a fifth-round pick in next year’s MJHL bantam draft. Cuthbert, 19, had eight goals and seven assists in 15 games for Neepawa this season. Sofillas had four goals and nine assists in 24 games with Dauphin, while the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Magwood had four assists and 90 penalty minutes in 21 contests.
The Oil Capitals sent Holder, an 18-year-old goalie, to Wayway after Saturday’s game for 19-year-old defenceman Des Bast. Holder played in four games and has a 2.00 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
The Wolverines also acquired 18-year-old defenceman Braden Pettinger and the list rights to 16-year-old forward Shane Roulette from Steinbach for a first round pick in the 2014 MJHL draft and future considerations. Pettinger has one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 13 games.
Meanwhile, the Stampeders sent 20-year-old defenceman Luke Fenske to the Pistons for future considerations.
The Blizzard acquired 20-year-old defenceman Chris Kravchuk from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drayton Valley Thunder for future considerations.
The Portage Terriers sent 19-year-old defenceman Braeden Jones to the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm for 19-year-old defenceman Simon Desrosiers and future considerations. They also added 18-year-old defenceman Alex Dajia from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s North Bay Trappers for future considerations.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 2, 2013