Kurt Johnas scored twice for the Virden Oil Capitals as they knocked off the visiting Neepawa Natives 8-1 in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League on Thursday night.
Elkhorn’s Curtis Oliver had three assists, Melita’s Lucas Oliver had a pair of helpers and Souris’s Jordan Greig added a late goal for the Sher-Wood Division-leader Oil Capitals (20-11-1). Taylor Fisher, Jake Dudar, Patrick D’Amico, Curtis Houlden and Kevin Pochuk also scored for Virden.
Brandonite Ty Webber set up Jaret Smith’s lone goal for the Natives (9-20-4), while Tyson Verhelst, who’s also from Brandon, made eight saves on 12 shots before giving way to Matt Young, who stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced.
In Thursday’s other game in Portage la Prairie, Clay Van Diest scored a pair of goals as the host Terriers (21-7-5) moved into a tie for the league lead with the Steinbach Pistons by topping the Winkler Flyers 4-3.
Riley Hay and Nolan Ross netted the other markers for the Terriers, while Elkhorn’s Brad Bowles, Shawn Bowles and Taylor Sanheim all had an assist.
Travis Marit scored each goal for the Flyers (10-20-4), while Cartwright’s Bryce Enns had a helper on the game’s first marker.
OCN’s Wilson Dumais has been suspended two games for receiving a major penalty for charging that resulted in a player getting injured in a game on Dec. 4 against the Natives.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 13, 2013