Home ice advantage
Capitals captain Chloe Snaith played hero in the Caps 3-2 shootout win over Westman Sunday. She scored the only goal in the shootout for the win. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Make that three in a row.
A team-bonding trip south of the border may have been the spark the Central Plains Capitals needed to get things going in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL) as they're 3-0 since returning home to Portage la Prairie.
“For us to come back from Minnesota and pick up six points like we did is huge,” says Caps' head coach, Ferdi Nelissen. “Those are huge points in the standings, and more importantly it shows we can compete in this league. We have a break coming up so it was good to finish strong like we did.”
The Caps won 5-2 over Interlake Wednesday night in their home opener at the BDO Centre to kick off a three-game homestand. Four different scorers found the back of the net while Ella Wiebe notched the win between the pipes.
Next up was the Eastman Selects Saturday afternoon. Caps forwards Maegan Inmann and Cheyenne Davie played heroes in their 4-3 nail-biter of a win. Inman finished with a hat trick while Davie scored while adding two assists on the night. Goalie Isabell Reutter made 30 saves for the win.
The final game of the weekend saw the Caps take out the Westman Wildcats 3-2 in a shootout. Megan Ferg and bantam Capital Oceane Asham, who was called up for the game, scored in the first period. The Wildcats managed to tie the game late on a controversial call, but captain Chloe Snaith was able to find the back of the net in the shootout for the victory.
“We're collapsing well and we feel we're getting better defensively in our own zone,” adds Nelissen. “We're still playing a little too much outside in, but not nearly as much. We're recognizing situations, blocking shots, and doing a lot of positive things to help our goaltenders.”
The Caps are now off for the U-18 National Championship. The ladies resume their MFMHL season November 11 against the Winnipeg Avros.