The Virden Oil Capitals aren’t going into the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playoffs with any kind of momentum on their side.
Daniel Taillefer scored one goal and set up two others on Sunday as the Steinbach Pistons earned a 4-1 win and handed the Oil Capitals their sixth-straight loss to close out the regular season.
Elsewhere, it was: OCN Blizzard 6, Neepawa Natives 3; Selkirk Steelers 4, Portage Terriers 3 (SO); and Winnipeg Blues 6, Winkler Flyers 4.
On Saturday, it was: Dauphin Kings 5, Swan Valley Stampeders 3; Flyers 3, Oil Capitals 2; Blizzard 3, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 1; and Steinbach Pistons 5, Blues 4.
In Virden, Damien Kulynych and Justin Augert both added a goal and an assist for the Pistons (42-16-2), while Zach Rakochy made 33 saves. Corey Haverstick replied for the Oil Capitals (32-24-4), while Adam Iwan stopped 16 shots.
Blizzard 6 Natives 3
In The Pas, McCreary’s Rhett Law scored twice for the Blizzard (21-34-5), who struck for five unanswered markers. Brandonite Ty Webber, Kyle McDonald of Neepawa and Sam Briscoe all scored for the Natives (14-41-5), who will miss the playoffs.
Steelers 4 Terriers 3 (SO)
In Selkirk, Derrick Brooks was the only player to score in the shootout, while Dallas Starodub, Ty Kraus and Kody Kennedy found the back of the net in regulation time for the Steelers (49-7-4). Jordon Boyd, Dane Schioler and Nolan Ross replied for the Terriers (36-16-8).
Blues 6 Flyers 4
In Winkler, Evan Last and Michael Sofillas set up each others’ goals, with Sofillas’s holding up as the winner for the Blues (32-22-6). Jake Stilwell recorded a hat trick for the Flyers (19-37-4).
Kings 5 Stampeders 3
In Swan River, Dillan McCombie had a goal and a helper for the Kings (40-17-3), who finished first in the Sher-Wood Division, while Matthew Greening, Tyler Garrioch, Justin Valentino and Brett Griffin also found the back of the net. Boissevain’s Jagger Thomas, Bo Sigurdson and Dylan Favell replied for the Stampeders (27-30-3), who got 45 saves from Cole Holowenko.
Flyers 3 Oil Capitals 2
In Virden, Tristan Keck was involved in all three Flyer goals, scoring one and setting up the other two. Bryce Enns of Cartwright and Sean Collins supplied the other markers. Rob Newton and Souris’s Ben Williams replied for the Oil Capitals.
Blizzard 3 Wolverines 1
In The Pas, Anthony Agner-Bouchard and Tyler Grove set up each other’s third-period markers in a preview of the Sher-Wood Division survivor series. Killarney’s Brian Archibald had 33 saves for OCN, while Brandonite Justin Holder had 21 saves for the Wolverines (18-39-3), who got their goal from Connar Bass.
Pistons 5 Blues 4
In Steinbach, Hayden Goderis closed out his regular season with his second hat trick of the year for the Pistons (41-16-2). Warren Callis had three helpers for the Blues.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 3, 2014