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Still on the outside

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Caps need to win both games this weekend if they hope to have a shot at postseason play in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

The Caps need to win both games this weekend if they hope to have a shot at postseason play in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

The boys are tied for eighth but still on the outside looking in.

The Central Plains Capitals fell 6-4 to the Winnipeg Wild in their final home game of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League regular season Wednesday night in Portage la Prairie, and with the loss, remain tied for eighth place and still behind the Southwest Cougars in the playoff standings.

The race to the playoffs is a tight one and will officially come down to the final game of the season for four clubs. The Caps are tied with Southwest at 49 points. Pembina Valley is in seventh place with 51, and the Yellowhead Chiefs have 52 in sixth. Central Plains is travelling to Kenora this weekend for two matches with the Thistles, and if the boys can snag two wins they'll jump up to 53 points.

Pembina Valley has a tough road ahead as the Hawks have two games against the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings and need to get a couple of points to ensure postseason play or completely be eliminated from the picture. Southwest has a pretty easy road with two games against the Parkland Rangers, but a Rangers upset could guarantee a Caps playoffs showing. Yellowhead doesn't have an easy road either with one game against the Wild and another against the Lightning, but if they lose both, they could be outside.

The Caps will have all of their fingers and toes crossed while taking on Kenora this weekend. Game one is Saturday at 8 p.m. Game two is Sunday afternoon.


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