It was just not Steinbach’s night, as Virden goalie Dalton Dosch stopped all 24 shots against him in a dominant 3-0 victory by the Oil Caps.
Virden was all over the Pistons from the moment the puck dropped, but thanks to the play of starter Matt Radomsky, it could have been far worse. Radomsky was excellent in the Steinbach net by making 31 saves on the night.
The Oil Caps flew out of the gate by outshooting Steinbach 12-6 in the opening frame, and had three power play chances to try and take the lead. The Pistons killed off all three and went into the first period with something to build off of.
After coming out hot in the first five minutes of the second period, it all unraveled for Steinbach. While on a power play midway through the frame, Blake Sidoni spun around on a rush and threw a backhand pass to Ben Dalke. The Virden captain made no mistake to give the Oil Caps a 1-0 lead while shorthanded.
Steinbach had a chance to come out swinging in the third period, but they swung and missed. Off of the opening faceoff, Virden dumped it in and Dalke capitalized on some Pistons miscues and put the visitors up 2-0 just 12 seconds into the period.
Radomsky kept his team in the game, however the fading Pistons hopes to come back vanished with 1:13 to go. Kolten Kanaski beat Radomsky five-hole for his 25thof the season to conclude the scoring.
The Pistons were 0 for 4 on the power play, and Virden was 0 for 6 on the man advantage.
UP NEXT: Steinbach continues their homestand Friday night when they welcome the Waywaysecappo Wolverines into town for a 7:30 pm matchup. Catch the game live on HockeyTV.