The Swan Valley Stampeders suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night in Virden.
The Oil Capitals took advantage of Swan Valley’s bus legs in the first ten minutes of the game out playing the Stampeders. Virden struck first as Tristan Thompson wired a point shot past Jackson Hjelle 33 seconds into the game. The Stampeders found the spark they needed late in the first as Jacob Thomson ripped a shot just inside the blue line that fooled Dalton Dosch at 19:23. The first period closed out tied at one and the shots 11-8 for Virden.
The Oil Caps transition game got the better of the Stamps in the second period. Virden regained the lead as Jack Einarson beat Jackson Hjelle blocker side off the rush. Noah Basarab scored his third of the year and tied the game at 9:37 sending a shot on goal that floated over Dosch and in. Virden’s Tristan Cross scored at 10:58 and the Oil Capitals led 3-2 after forty minutes of play.
The Oil Capitals added to their lead as Kolten Kanaski beat a sprawled out Hjelle at 4:11. The Stampeders pulled their goalie with 2:11 left in the period but could not solve Dolton Dosch in the third. The Oil Capitals held on for a 4-2 win. Final shots on goal were 35-24 for Virden.
The Swan Valley Stampders next action is Saturday September 29th when they host the Neepawa Natives. Puck drop is 7:30pm at the Centennial Arena.