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Rough weekend for midget Caps

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

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One point in their last four games.

The Central Plains Capitals lost a pair of games this weekend in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League (MMHL) falling 4-2 to the Thrashers in Winnipeg Friday before losing 4-3 in a shootout against Pembina Valley Saturday in Portage at the BDO Centre.

The Caps let a second period lead slip away Friday night versus Winnipeg. Portage was up 2-1 going into the final frame but gave up three goals to drop the contest, with the game winner being scored with 48 seconds left on the clock. Cameron Trimble scored a shorthanded goal for the Caps, Kian Calder scored the other. Rhett Boschman made 27 saves for the loss.

Sunday saw the Caps jump out to a quick 2-1 lead over Pembina Valley in the first. Max Neill and Aiden Panko both scored in the opening period. Central Plains managed to hold that one-goal lead into the third as both clubs exchanged tallies in the second, this time it was Mitchell Wilson who lit the lamp for the Caps. The Hawks tied the game at three halfway through the third period which forced overtime, and the eventual shootout.

Caps shooters Logan Calder and Max Neill were both stopped. Nicholas Hatley scored to put the Hawks up by one but Alex Cattani couldn't answer back to extend the shootout.

With the loss, the Caps now sit in tenth place with 11 points and a 4-6-1-2 record. The boys are just one point back of Kenora (5-6-0-2) and the Thrashers (6-9-0-0). The Winnipeg Bruins are doing quite well in their inaugural season, they sit tied for the lead with Eastman at 23 points while Norman Northstars are in the basement still in search of their first win.

The Caps resume their MMHL schedule Wednesday when they visit Interlake in Teulon. The boys are back at the BDO Centre for a tilt with Kenora Sunday.



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