Caps swept from MFMHL playoffs
The girls look dejected Saturday at the BDO Centre when the Caps fell 7-2 to the Westman Wildcats in Game 2 of their best-of-five MFMHL series. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
It was a tough season, to say the least.
The Central Plains Capitals were eliminated from the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League Playoffs Sunday afternoon when the girls fell 2-0 to Westman in Game 3 to be swept from the of the best-of-three series by the Wildcats in Hartney.
“We played well in every game of the series,” says Caps head coach, Ferdi Nelissen. “We didn’t get out-chanced and we didn’t get outplayed, unfortunately, we didn’t get some of the saves we needed at certain times and that put us into a chasing situation in the first two games. We did have ample opportunities, the girls were working hard and they left it all on the ice”
The Caps struggled all season with two things, scoring in key situations and goaltending. Not to say their goaltending was bad, it was just inconsistent, struggling to find a single starting goaltender throughout the entire season. To sum it up in two games Isabelle Reutter gave up four goals on seven shots in Game 1 versus the Wildcats before Ella Wiebe gave up five on 11 shots in the first period in Game 2.
Central Plains scoring wasn’t the worst in the league but it wasn’t anything to write home about. The Caps did have three players in the top 10 in league scoring, Megan Ferg (29 pts), Halle Edwards (26 pts), and Maegan Inman (26 pts). The problem was they were streaky scorers that really capitalized on weaker teams.
“We’re excited about next season,” admits Nelissen. “We know we’re losing some important girls but we are also getting some new ones from the bantam program and we’ve got a strong core to build around. We had three girls in top ten scoring in the league and they’ll be returning, and every other player got better through the season.”
The girls finished the season with an 11-15-4 record in sixth place of seven. Caps captain Chloe Snaith, Amy Klippenstein, Brooke Roeges, and Lindsey Rutherford are all graduating this year. The final event for the ladies is their awards night in April.