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Busy weekend for midget Caps

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Central Plains skater Jaxon Blight drives to the net during a game against Pembina Valley earlier in the year. (File photo)

Central Plains skater Jaxon Blight drives to the net during a game against Pembina Valley earlier in the year. (File photo)

Both Central Plains Capitals midget hockey teams were busy with action over the weekend.

The Caps managed to pick up three points in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League thanks to a 4-1 win over Southwest before suffering a 4-3 shootout loss on the road in Yellowhead.

“We’ve made improvements every game in the areas we’ve been focusing on. We’ve been tracking scoring chances and we’ve been leading the way there, shots against are coming down as well which is nice,” says male Caps’ head coach, Brad Gnidziejko. “What’s been getting us has been the turnovers. We’ve had some really bad giveaways and those mistakes have cost us. If we clean those up our game will change completely.”

The Caps started the road trip in Souris Saturday with a 4-1 win over Southwest. Central Plains exploded for four goals in the third period to win it after trailing by a goal to start the period. Goalie Rhett Boschman picked up the win with 18 saves on the night.

Things didn’t go as well Sunday but the Caps were still able to snag a point off rival Yellowhead by way of a shootout loss. Central Plains gave up a goal with 20 seconds left in the game to go down 3-2 but managed to score six seconds later to tie it and force an extra frame. One Yellowhead shooter found the back of the net, while the Caps’ shooters were shut down each time. Goaltender Riley Sveistrup picked up the shootout loss Sunday.

The boys are back in action Wednesday when they host the Thrashers at Stride Place. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m.

Female midget struggles

It was a weekend of tough, close losses for the female midget Capitals.

They ladies were in Morden for the Pembina Valley Hawks’ Tournament and returned winless with an 0-3 record - with each game being decided by just a single goal. Central Plains fell 3-2 to Regina Friday night, 2-1 to Weyburn Saturday afternoon, and finished the tourney with a 6-5 loss to Yellowhead.

The Caps are busy this weekend with Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League action. The girls hit the road to face Interlake Saturday before taking on Eastman Sunday.

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