The road was not kind to the Virden Oil Capitals last week.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League squad fell in three contests away from home in the midst of a six-game road swing.
“We will continue to focus on getting better every day and prepping for the Blues and Natives as our opponents this week,” head coach Tyson Ramsey said.
As of Monday, the Oil Capitals had a 7-10-1-2 record after one third of their season.
A highlight of the campaign so far has been how the team has been able to light the lamp. They paced the MJHL with 71 goals in 20 games.
In Kolten Kanaski (24 points), Hunter Cloutier (23) and Tanner Andrew (19), the squad boasted the third through fifth top scorers in the league, respectively.
The Oil Capitals were to play the Winnipeg Blues (4-11-1-0, as of Monday) on the road on Tuesday. On Friday, the squad visits the Neepawa Natives (3-14-0-1). The club wraps up its week on Saturday at home against the Blues. The contest is Service Worker Appreciation night. Veterans will also be recognized ahead of Remembrance Day.
Another upcoming event for the Oil Caps is Hockey Fights Cancer night on Nov. 15 against the OCN Blizzard. Purple practice jerseys will be worn during warmups and auctioned off via a silent auction during the game with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Rookie defenceman Jackson Orr was chosen as the MJHL’s Manitoba Pork Peak Performer for October. The Brandonite, who turns 18 later this month, was recognized for his involvement in such youth and community activities as the Breakfast Club hockey skills program, visiting seniors homes, serving breakfast at elementary schools, public skating with youth, and more.
It is the second straight month that an Oil Cap has claimed a league award. Virden’s own Tanner Andrew was the league’s RBC Player of the Month for September.
On Oct. 29, the Oil Capitals trailed the Dauphin Kings 2-1 and 4-2 at the intermissions on the road. The Virden squad scored twice early in the third period to knot the contest at 4-4. The Kings prevailed, 7-4, by scoring three straight goals, including an empty net marker. Scoring for Virden were Andrew, Dylan Halliday, Nolan Dawson, and Cloutier.
At both intermissions on Nov. 1, the Oil Caps and host Swan Valley Stampeders were tied – 2-2 and 3-3. However, the Stamps scored four answered goals in the third to win 7-3. Kanaski, Jack Einarson, and Tristan Thompson had Virden’s goals.
After the host OCN Blizzard got out to a 1-0 first period lead on Nov. 2, Kanaski and Andrew put Virden on top, 2-1, in the second. OCN tied things up later in the second period and scored once in the third to win 3-2.