After more than two weeks without a home game, the Blues returned to the friendly confines of the IcePlex to take on the Virden Capitals on Thursday night.
But it wasn’t so friendly to start as the visitors took an early one goal lead just 35 seconds in beating Blues starter Scott Parsons inside the far post. Virden extended their lead almost seven minutes later when the puck was batted in from a scramble in front of the Blues net. The home squad was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 when Kamerin Nault notched his 5th of the year on a shot that the Oil Caps tender just couldn’t hold on to.
Five minutes into the second and on the powerplay, Roseau, Minnesota native Alex Halstensgard neeted his third to tie up the game at two. That was shortlived however as 23 seconds later the Oil Capitals would regain the lead and the Blues would enter the third period a goal down.
The Keane-Halstensgard-Nault line would once again hit the scoreboard in the third. Nault redirected a centering pass from Halstensgard past the Virden keeper to make it three all and we headed for another overtime.
Overtime started with some end to end action but with no opportunities for the Blues. Virden only had three shots of their own but the final one was able to squeak through Parsons for a 4-3 Oil Capitals victory.