Virden Evens the Series up in Hard Fought 2-1 Win

The Steinbach Pistons fell to the Virden Oil Capitals 2-1 Thursday evening in game 4, tying up the series 2-2.

The Virden Oil Capitals opened the scoring 5-minutes into the opening frame as Nathan Driver scored from Tyler Thoendel and Braden Fischer to make it 1-0.

Virden took a tripping penalty at the 13:27 mark of the period but the Pistons could not capitalize on the powerplay after a getting a couple of pucks on net.

The Pistons had some great chances in the latter part of the first period as they wrung the puck off the crossbar 3 times, finding no luck with the bounces.

Steinbach tied the game up 1-1 with under a minute left in the period as Quinton Pepper cycled along the blueline and put a puck on net with Bailey Monteith missing the puck and it going through the 5-hole.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period of play with the shot totals 11-10 for the Oil Capitals.

The Pistons penalty kill got some minutes in the second period as Hunter Degelman took a tripping penalty of his own. The PK did well though, clogging the lanes and keeping the game tied 1-1.

The second period saw no goals and remained a 1-1 game with the shot totals 23-15 for Virden.

Logan Rands restored the Oil Capitals one-goal lead on the powerplay, just under 7-minutes into the period. With 10-seconds left on the powerplay, Rands took a shot from the high slot that Simon Harkness did not see, and it hit the back of the net.

Steinbach battled back hard for the remainder of the period, trying to put pucks on net and generate scoring chances. The Pistons pulled their goalie with a minute and half to go in the period but took a late tripping penalty as the Oil Capitals went on to secure the 2-1 win.