Regular season ready
Maegan Inman breaks up ice Sunday afternoon during the Caps' showcase finale against Weyburn. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)
Aaron Wilgosh - The Graphic/Herald Leader Contributor
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for hockey players.
With the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) season officially underway, both the Manitoba AAA midget and female midget Hockey League’s are just about ready to hit the ice. The Central Plains Caps’ Female Midget Showcase was held over the weekend at Stride Place in Portage, where a lot of preseason hockey was played.
“The girls were a little rollercoaster-like on the ice, and that’s expected with some new players,” says Caps' head coach Ferdi Nelissen. “We were really good for stretches then there were times where we didn’t do what we were supposed to. We’re not unhappy with where we’re at as we’ve got some real potential, but the girls have to play up to that potential.”
The female midget Caps went 1-3 over the three-day preseason showcase, picking up a 5-1 win over Interlake to open their weekend on Friday, before dropping three straight to finish up. The ladies fell 4-2 to Pilot Mound and 3-1 to Melville on Saturday, then blanked 3-0 by Weyburn to wrap up the event early Sunday afternoon.
“We were really happy with the entire event,” adds Nelissen. “There was nothing but positive comments from everybody I chatted with. We had some university scouts out, Team Canada had a scout in attendance, and we streamed a dozen games online. Our facility is top notch and we’re looking at growing the Showcase next year.”
The girls open their Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League regular season on the road against the Winnipeg Avros October 4.
Male Caps prepare for puck drop
Central Plains' boys also saw preseason action in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League over the weekend. They played a home-and-home set with Pembina Valley where both team picked up a home-ice victory. The Caps fell 5-4 Saturday but bounced back with a 6-4 win Sunday afternoon.
The AAA Midget Hockey League opens for Central Plains Saturday, September 30 as the boys take on Eastman in Beausejour.