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Caps return with sights on home opener

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Caps forward Amy Klippenstein moving the puck into the neutral zone. The Caps are back in MFMHL action Wednesday when they welcome Interlake to the BDO Centre. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Caps forward Amy Klippenstein moving the puck into the neutral zone. The Caps are back in MFMHL action Wednesday when they welcome Interlake to the BDO Centre. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Sometimes it's just about the experience.

The Central Plains Capitals female midget hockey club returned without a win from their trip to Minnesota over the weekend, going 0-4 over two busy days of hockey, but a lot can be learned in defeat.

“We were going up against some U-19 programs and the pace was very fast,” says Caps' head coach, Ferdi Nelissen. “We had to compete hard, and we really weren't outclassed, we just couldn't find any wins. The girls had to do everything a little quicker and play harder, and that will bode well for when we return to our own level.”

The Caps played four games in less than 48 hours Friday and Saturday, the games may have had shorter periods, but they were still physical, high-paced games. The Caps went up against Team Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota's U-18 team, Lansing, Mich., and Thunder Bay. Nelissen says they knew it was going to be tough but it was a big weekend for team bonding.

“All that time together at the rink, the bus trip, spending nights in the hotel with defence partners and line-mates is something you can't pass up,” adds Nelissen. “The girls all had a fun time even though we didn't win, I expect they'll be excited to play at home this week.”

The Caps welcome Interlake to the BDO Centre Wednesday night for the ladies' first home game of the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League regular season. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.



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