The Dauphin Kings pushed late; however, they couldn’t find the equalizer on Tuesday night.
Opening a busy week, the Virden Oil Capitals scored a goal late in the first period and they held on for a 2-1 win over the Kings.
Colten Miller opened up the scoring for Virden just more than six minutes into the game. Dauphin would respond as Matthew Gough found a rebound in front and potted home his 20th of the season on the man advantage to tie the game up.
Then with less than a minute left in the first, Jamie Valentino coughed up a puck at the Oil Capitals blue line and Virden got away on a 2-on-1, one that they capitalized on as Roux Bazin scored his 10th of the season to give Virden a 2-1 lead.
Both teams had many chances the rest of the way, but no one was able to find the back of the net as Dauphin dropped a 2-1 game. Paired with a Waywayseecappo win over Neepawa, the Kings are now tied with the Wolverines for first place in the West Division.
Virden is now tied for third in the division and they are just two points back of first.
Dauphin will look to get back in the win column on Friday when they play the Winnipeg Freeze at Credit Union Place.