Capitals beat Oak Leafs in annual Turkey Cup

The JV Oak Leafs team celebrates after equalizing the score 3-3 with only 7.9 seconds left in the match as the Capitals’ goalie, junior Nick Martin, reacts by curling into a ball. Both Capitals JV and varsity squads won against the Oak Leafs Nov. 24 in the annual Turkey Cup between the two teams. Oak Leafs are currently at the top of the league with the Capitals second.

Both junior varsity (JV) and varsity Capitals’ teams defeated the Oak Leafs Tuesday at Buccaneer Area Nov. 24. JV won in a shootout after the third period ended in a 3-3 tie after the Oak Leafs’ equalizer with 7.9 seconds left in the game, however the match will be recorded as a tie. The shootout was held unofficially to determine the winner of the Turkey Cup, where the Capitals shot two goals in comparison to the Oak Leafs’ one. Shootouts in JV Midwest High School Hockey League are not usual practice. Capital’s Varsity team won the cup after they were first to score in a fourth period overtime after the third period ended 1-1. Both teams have players from numerous metro schools, including Johnston.

Oak Leafs’ Johnston players: freshman Blake Murray (1), senior Noah Hughes (2), freshman Adam Burns (5), senior Cade Wegner (22)

Capitals’ Johnston players: Ethan Bettis (36), Jack Martin (16), Nick Martin (1), K.J. Minick (3), Christian Terrill (28), Jason Terrill (5), Ben Tinker (11)