Caps cruise through four-point weekend
Caps players celebrate their 6-0 win over Norman with goaltender Rhett Boschman who stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout victory. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
The boys are playing with a playoff mentality and it’s paying off.
The Central Plains Capitals picked up four points in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League this weekend when they took out the league’s best Brandon Wheat Kings 7-2 Friday night in Brandon before shutting out the Norman Northstars 6-0 Saturday evening at the BDO Centre.
“Goaltending and our special teams were key in the game versus Brandon,” says head coach, Brad Gnidziejko. “It’s the basic formula for the playoffs. We have to get good goaltending and you need to capitalize on the power play and penalty kill, and we did Friday and Saturday. We’ve got momentum on our side right now for sure.”
The Caps were all over the first place team Friday night, and thanks to a 20-shot four-goal third period the boys earned the two points on the road. Alex Cattani and Reilly Funk each had a four point night versus the Wheat Kings, a goal and three assists through 60-minutes. Riley Sveistrup notched his 14th win of the season in his 100th Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League game.
Saturday was pure domination from start to finish as the Caps didn’t allow a goal against the Northstars in Portage. Logan Calder had a five point night for Central Plains, a hat trick and two assists. Joe Courier also netted two of his own while Mitchell Wilson finished the night with four assists. Rhett Boschman stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout victory.
“I think the confidence is building and we’re gaining it game by game,” admits Gnidziejko. “Now the boys are seeing that the things we worked so hard on at the beginning of the year are paying off. We’re not there yet, though, we have to keep going if we want to see post season hockey.”
The Caps remain in ninth place in the standings just one point back of Southwest after the boys’ win over Norman. The boys visit the Cougars Saturday night in Souris but before that Central Plains welcomes Interlake to Stride Place Wednesday night.