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Caps and Wildcats in round 1

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Caps open their MFMHL playoff series in Hartney when they face the Westman Wildcats in Game 1 of their best-of-five series. (file photo)

The Caps open their MFMHL playoff series in Hartney when they face the Westman Wildcats in Game 1 of their best-of-five series. (file photo)

The girls are back from Calgary and ready for the postseason.

The Central Plains Capitals open their Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League playoffs this week when the girls visit the Westman Wildcats for Game 1 of their best-of-five series Wednesday night in Hartney.

“We are 2-2-1 with them this season and we don’t mind the match-up but I’m sure they do as well,” says Caps’ head coach, Ferdi Nelissen. “I feel we’ve been very good against them. We’ve won in their rink and they’ve won in ours so it’s not a mismatch in any way, and it should be a very competitive series.”

The Caps are fresh off a grueling stretch of hockey in Calgary, Alta., over the weekend where the girls played five games in just over three days. Their competition was a lot higher out west and unfortunately, the Caps weren’t able to come away with any victories. It was, however, some of the toughest competition the girls have faced all season which should translate well back in Manitoba for playoff hockey.

“Calgary was tough," admits Nelissen. "The caliber of play was extremely high and we ran a short bench almost every game, but the energy and effort was there. The pace of who we competed with was way higher than what we see in our league so I think the girls are going to be ready to go Wednesday.”

Nelissen adds some of the girls have been a little banged up recently but he's hopeful they'll be ready for game time. Game 1 of the series gets going at 7:30 Wednesday in Hartney. The Caps welcome the Wildcats to the BDO Centre Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


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