Oil Caps’ win game seven, advance to Turnbull Finals

Joey Bielik scored the double overtime winner in game seven on Wednesday night in front of over 1500 fans in Portage to help the Virden Oil Capitals defeat the Portage Terriers 3-2, booking their ticket to the Turnbull Cup Finals.

After a scoreless first period, it took almost the entire second frame for the first goal in game seven. On a shorthanded break, Bryden Kiesman put a pass on the tape of Brenden Holba who found the back of the net to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead heading into the final twenty minutes.

7:31 into the third, Nolan Chastko jumped on a rebound in front and fired it through Bailey Monteith to tie the game at 1-1.

The Terriers took no time in finding a response as Mike Stubbs found the back of the net in a scramble in front of the Oil Caps’ net, giving the Terriers a 2-1 lead.

Just over a minute later, Nolan Chastko tied the game at 2-2 with his second of the night when he walked into the slot and slipped in a backhand for his playoff leading 9th goal.

The two clubs exchanged chances late in the third but would require overtime to decide a winner. The first extra frame would solve nothing and the two teams would need double overtime.

Late in the second overtime, a Trevor Hunt point shot created a rebound in front where Joey Bielik found the puck at the side of the net and jammed it in to give the Oil Capitals a 4-3 series win and a trip to the Turnbull Cup Finals where they’ll meet the Steinbach Pistons.

Virden and Steinbach met in the MJHL final five years ago. The Pistons rallied from an 0-2 series deficit and beat the Oil Capitals in six games to capture the Turnbull Cup for a second time in franchise history.

The two clubs will battle it out with a trip to represent the MJHL at the Centennial Cup next month in Portage on the line.