Adam Iwan made 43 saves on Sunday night to backstop the Virden Oil Capitals to a 2-1 Manitoba Junior Hockey League victory over the host Neepawa Natives.
In Sunday’s other game, it was Selkirk Steelers 2, Portage Terriers 1 (SO).
On Saturday, it was: Oil Capitals 3, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 2; Swan Valley Stampeders 5, Natives 2; Winkler Flyers 2, Terriers 1; and Winnipeg Blues 3, OCN Blizzard 2.
At Neepawa, Jake Dudar struck in the first period and Artsiom Kalashnikov added an unassisted marker in the second for the Oil Capitals (25-13-3). Brandonite Clayton Heinrichs set up Killarney’s Colton Magwood for the lone reply from Neepawa (10-32-4).
Steelers 2 Terriers 1 (SO)
At Portage la Prairie, Parker Thomas set up Erik Pushka’s third-period goal and netted the shootout winner for the league-leading Steelers (36-6-2), who stretched their winning streak to 16 games. Brett Dudar also scored in the shootout. Zack Waldvogel had an assist and scored in the shootout for the Terriers (27-13-6), who got their regulation marker from Tyler Jeanson.
Oil Capitals 3 Wolverines 2
At Virden, Kevin Pochuk scored the first two Oil Capitals goals and assisted on Corey Haverstick’s game-winner. Haverstick set up poth of Pochuk’s markers. Iwan earned the win in net with 24 saves. Jared Sprink and Robert Briem scored for the Wolverines (12-27-2), who got 22 saves from Brandonite Justin Holder.
Stampeders 5 Natives 2
At Swan River, Nic Erb had a goal and two assists, while Boissevain’s Jagger Thomas added a goal and a helper. B.J. Avery of Clearwater also scored for Swan Valley (19-25-1). Drake Lindsay and Brady Bouchard scored for the Natives and assisted on each other’s goals. Brandonite Tyson Verhelst made 46 saves in the Neepawa net, while Graham Hunt stopped 43 shots for Swan.
Flyers 2 Terriers 1
At Winkler, Adam Vander Linden stole the win for the Flyers, making 49 saves. Bryce Enns of Cartwright scored the clinching goal for the Flyers (13-28-4) 47 seconds into the third period. Elkhorn’s Brett Orr was the only Terrier to beat Vander Linden.
Blues 3 Blizzard 2
At The Pas, Winnipeg bounced back from a 2-0 first-period deficit with three goals in the second. Brett Brooks led the Blues (23-15-6) with a goal and an assist. Killarney’s Brian Archibald stopped 28 shots for the Blizzard (16-24-4).
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