The Virden Oil Capitals survived a late Neepawa push to beat the Natives 5-4 Friday in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Artsiom Kalashnikov had the winning goal and three assists for the Oil Capitals, who led 5-2 before the Natives scored two late goals.
In Friday’s other games, it was: Portage Terriers 3, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 2; Selkirk Steelers 2, Winnipeg Blues 0; and Winkler Flyers 8, Swan Valley Stampeders 3.
In Virden, Brandonite Cody Nelson and Jake Dudar each had a goal and an assist as the Oil Capitals (26-13-3) moved into a tie for first place in the Sher-Wood Division with the idle Dauphin Kings. Lucas Oliver of Melita and Kurt Johnas also scored for Virden.
Colton Magwood of Killarney led the Natives (10-33-4) with a goal and two assists, while teammate Robby Moar scored twice. Drake Lindsay also tallied for Neepawa, which got two assists from Brandonite Clayton Heinrichs.
Terriers 3 Wolverines 2
In Waywayseecappo, Tyler Jeanson scored two first-period goals to send the Terriers on their way to the win. Jordon Boyd also scored, while Zac Robidoux made 39 saves for Portage (29-13-6).
Cole McCaig of Brandon and J.J. Cruikshank replied for the Wolverines (12-28-2).
Steelers 2 Blues 0
In Selkirk, the league-leading Steelers earned their 17th straight win, with Nathan Park making 19 saves for the shutout. Shane Gingera and Soren Fredriksen scored for the Steelers (37-6-2).
Byron Spriggs stopped 18 shots for the Terriers (29-13-6).
Flyers 8 Stampeders 3
In Swan River, Winkler got two goals apiece from Travis Marit and Hayden Berra, with Marit adding an assist. Bryce Enns of Cartwright and Shawn Pachet added a goal and an assist each for the Flyers (14-28-4). Dylan Favell and Brayden McDonald each scored once and set up one goal for the Stampeders (19-26-1).
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