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Weekend woes

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Caps netminder Riley Sveistrup gets beat over the glove in their 4-3 loss to Brandon Saturday at the BDO Centre. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Caps netminder Riley Sveistrup gets beat over the glove in their 4-3 loss to Brandon Saturday at the BDO Centre. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

A tough weekend for the boys.

The Central Plains Capitals were unable to pick up any points this weekend in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League as they fell to first place Brandon Saturday in Portage before dropping a road tilt to Yellowhead Sunday in Shoal Lake.

The Wheat Kings struck first Saturday night at the BDO Centre to take a 1-0 first-period lead but the Caps answered back with a minute to go in the frame to tie it. Logan Calder was the scorer, Tyler Van Deynze and Jaxon Blight notched helpers on the play.

Brandon won the second period, which would prove to be the difference maker in the game. Carter Sawchuk lit the lamp twice in the first five minutes to extend the Wheat Kings' lead to 3-1. Van Deynze would add one late in the period for the Capitals on the power play to climb within one after forty.

Again, the Wheat Kings were the first to strike in the third when Sawchuk completed his hat trick one minute in to make it 4-2. Blight would find the back of the net for the Caps to cut the lead in half on the power play but the boys couldn't find the equalizer before time expired. Riley Sveistrup made 33 saves for Central Plains in the loss.

Things went from bad to worse Sunday when the Caps fell 6-2 to Yellowhead in Shoal Lake. A slow first period would prove to be the difference maker as the Chiefs connected for three goals to take a 3-0 lead heading into the second.

Alex Cattani scored to get the Caps on the board with five minutes to go in the middle period, Donovan Brown picked up the assist on the play. The Chiefs answered right back with a marker of their own 90 seconds later to keep their three-goal lead intact heading into the final period.

The Caps came out firing in the third and it paid off with an Aiden Panko goal halfway through the third. Logan Rands and Kian Calder both notched assists on the play. The Chiefs didn't let up, though, and popped two more in the back of the net before the final buzzer. Sveistrup also took the loss to Yellowhead, stopping 28 of the 34 shots he faced.

The Caps are back on the ice for Manitoba AAA Midget action Friday when they visit the Thrashers in Winnipeg.



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