Johnas scores twice as Oil Capitals rout Natives


The Neepawa Natives travelled to Virden on Thursday night and wound up falling 8-1 to the Oil Capitals in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action.

With the score 3-1 after two periods of play, the Oil Capitals blew the doors open, scoring five times in the third en route to the win.

Jaret Smith scored the lone goal for Neepawa on the power play at the 15:21 mark of the second period.

Kurt Johnas netted two tallies for the Oil Capitals, who outshot the Natives 36-23 on the night.

Curtis Houlden, Taylor Fisher, Jake Dudar, Patrick D'Amico and Jordan Greig rounded out the scoring for Virden, who received a solid performance in net from former Native Adam Iwan as the goaltender made 22 saves, helping Virden improve to 20-11-1 this season.

Tyson Verhelst started in net for Neepawa, however Matt Young would later take over between the pipes near the midway mark of the contest. The duo combined to make 28 saves as the Natives dropped to 9-20-4 on the year.

The Natives will now return home to battle the Selkirk Steelers at the Yellowhead Centre on Friday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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Meanwhile, in the other MJHL game that took place on Thursday, it was the Portage Terriers edging the Winkler Flyers by a score of 4-3.

In photo: Game action between the Natives and the Oil Capitals from Thursday night in Virden.

Photo by Lanny Stewart