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Female Caps open season 2-0

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

Jordon Robertson controls a puck during a 1-0 win over the Westman Wildcats at the PCU Centre on Friday night. (Jordan Maxwell/The Herald-Leader)

Jordon Robertson controls a puck during a 1-0 win over the Westman Wildcats at the PCU Centre on Friday night. (Jordan Maxwell/The Herald-Leader)

The Central Plains Female Capitals blazed forth into the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League season.

The Female Caps notched a 1-0 win over the Westman Wildcats at home on Friday night before scoring their first road with over the Winnipeg Ice by a 6-2 score on Saturday.

Sheridan Oswald had the lone goal in the first period of Friday's win, while Elisha Oswald stood tall, stopping all 27 shots she saw to get the shutout.

On Saturday, defender Breanna Murner posted a pair of goals, while Courtlyn Oswald put up three points. Hannah Dalrymple, Leandra Timmerman and Autumn Garnham also contributed goals.

Sheridan Oswald and Chantal Gamache each had a pair of assists on the night.

Robin Thiessen made eight saves for the win.

Head coach Ferdi Nelissen was glad with what he saw in the regular season openers.

"It was a really tough game on Friday night and the girls adapted very well," said Nelissen. "Saturday, we carried that momentum into the second game. The girls have a lot of confidence going in. We got into a lead and held on for a 6-2 win.

"It was a positive start to the league's season."

Nelissen gave credit to the Wildcats, but was glad to get the first salvo at the team that bumped the Caps from the playoffs last season.

"They're always a tough team to play. They run a very good program," said Nelissen. "Last year, we had a couple of wins against them. That was a first for that. To pick up a win first thing out of the gate against them is always a bonus.

"When you're playing teams that you think are going to be contending for that top spot, getting points from them is big for the standings."

Nelissen has been impressed with the defence, which has been solid throughout league and tournament play thus far.

"We think we're doing well from the goal out," said Nelissen. "Defence is a team thing. Not only are your goaltenders good, which they have been, but your defence has to be solid at moving the puck out and being good down low.

"Your forwards also have to contribute to that.

"We've only given up 10 goals in the first nine games, so we're very happy with that."

On the flip side, the coach was encouraged to see five different scorers in Saturday's contest.

"If we can get goal-scoring from two lines a night, instead of depending on one line, or all three lines contributing on different nights, we're going to be a tough team to play against," said Nelissen. "We did get scoring, especially in the second game, from a variety of players, including our defence. When we can spread it around, it's very difficult for other teams to handle us defensively."

The Capitals will be in action Saturday against Westman in Hartney.

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