The Virden Oil Capitals bested the Steinbach Pistons 6-3 Wednesday evening in game 3 to bring the series to 2-1.
The Pistons opened the scoring at the 7:44 mark of the first period. Dawson Milliken finished a check to free the puck up in the neutral zone and then found Ty Paisley cutting over the blueline who then wired the puck blocker side to make it 1-0. Paisley has continued his offensive on slot, bringing his point streak to ten games now.
The Pistons would get a powerplay midway through the second period off a hard and awkward looking hit that Davis Chorney finished on Landon Roberts. Roberts was shaken up on the play but would return to the game after missing a few shifts. Steinbach would not be able to capitalize on the opportunity and the game would head into the first intermission with the Pistons up 1-0.
Virden would come out flying in the second period, tying the game up 1-1 51-seconds into the period. Naton Miller would bring the puck into the Pistons zone along the side boards, getting the puck to Nolan Chastko in the slot who would put it over the shoulder of Wasik and into the net.
Steinbach would restore the one goal lead midway through the second period on the powerplay. Ian Amsbaugh got the puck to Parker Jasper at the point who then put the puck through traffic and past a screened LaRocque to make it 2-1.
Just under five minutes later, Virden would tie the game up with a powerplay goal of their own. Ty Plaisier would put a puck on net from the right faceoff dot with Brody Wilson tipping it in front to make it 2-2.
With just under 3-minutes left in the second period the Oil Capitals would take their first lead of the game. Ethan Guthrie would put a shot on net from the point with Wasik bobbling the glove save and Wilson on the doorstep would pot the loose puck for his second goal of the game.
Virden would have another hot start to the period, extending their lead to two goals on the powerplay a minute and a half into the period. Wasik would save Plaisier’s shot from the right faceoff dot with the rebound going to David Bielik at the left faceoff dot who would one time the puck into the net to make it 4-2.
Steinbach would bring the game back to within one goal, scoring on the powerplay at the 8:15 mark of the third period. Amsbaugh would get the puck to Leo Chambers at the side of the net with the first shot getting the saved, but the second effort would get the puck into the net.
Virden would restore the two-goal lead at the 15:43 mark of the third period, getting the insurance marker and starting to the put the game out of reach. Brody Wilson gave a beautiful pass from his own zone finding a streaking Davis Chorney who then put it far side past the glove of Wasik and into the net.
The Oil Capitals would seal the game 3 win with an empty netter by Nolan Chastko to make it 6-3 and bring the series to 2-1.