Wolverines comeback falls short in Virden

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines made a great comeback, but all they got was a point out of it after losing to the Virden Oil Capitals 5-4 in a shootout.

The Wolverines were able to come back from a 3-0 and 4-3 deficit to grab a point against their West Division rivals, and likely playoff matchup.

It didn’t take long for the Oil Capitals to get on the board, as 1:11 into the first period, Dylan Halliday was able to fire a shot in from the slot to beat Brett Mirwald to make it 1-0.

About halfway through the period, Virden’s Colten Miller received a pass in close from Bray Rookes and was able to roof it to put the Oil Caps up by two.

Later on the Wolverines got a powerplay chance, but Brody Wilson was able to beat Lonan Bulger and chip to past Mirwald on a break to make it 3-0 at the end of the period.

In the second period, after 19 minutes of defensive hockey on both sides, the Wolverines finally woke up.

Andrew Boucher a weird bounce off the glass ended up in front of the net for Andrew Boucher to beat Bailey Monteith.

32 seconds later, with four seconds left in the period, a Reagan Rabbit shot from the point hit a few bodies before somehow ending up in the back of the net, to make it 3-2.

In the third period, the Wolverines got it tied up early when a Lonan Bulger wrist shot from the point beat everyone in front.

But the Oil Capitals took another lead later on in the period. Colin Cook was able to get the puck around Mirwald on a bad angle to make it 4-3 with plenty of time on the clock.

Kolton Shindle was able to tie the game with his 21st of the year with a great wrist shot past Monteith.

The game went to overtime, where both teams were not able get one past the goaltender with four shots each.

The game went to a shootout, where Braden Fischer and Dylan Halliday were both able to beat the goalie to win the shootout in the least amount of attempts possible.

With the loss, the Wolverines now are up 7 points on the Oil Capitals for 2nd in the West Division.

Monteith stopped 38 shots in the win, while Mirwald stopped 30 in the loss.

The two teams will play once again on Friday in Waywayseecappo at 7:30pm, before heading back to Virden on Sunday to finish the season series.