The Winnipeg Blues scored four goals in the first to guide themselves to a 7-3 win over the Virden Oil Capitals.
Virden opened the scoring on a deflection that beat Dawson Cowan, but Winnipeg started pouring it on soon after.
Ryan Ostermann and Brayden Foreman scored 28 seconds apart on the same shift to give the Blues a 2-1 lead. Foreman added one more just a few minutes later, while Jaden Ostrowski snapped a 12-game scoring drought with his fifth goal of the season late in the third.
Virden scored with one second left to pull back within two, but couldn’t get much going after that. In the second, the Blues didn’t give their opponent’s much to work with, and Ryan Ostermann scored a beauty to get his first multi-goal game as a Blue and put Winnipeg back up by three.
Any chance of an Oil Capitals comeback was stifled right away – in the first 1:05 of the third, Foreman finished off his hat trick and Jake Dale went top shelf on a breakaway to go up 7-2. Virden would get one back, but that would be all they get as Winnipeg won 7-3 in their first home game of 2022.
The Blues face off with the Oil Capitals in Virden tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. to finish off the home-and-home and the western stretch of their schedule. Blues