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Wild game one

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Caps goalie Rhett Boschman took the loss in Game 1 of the best-of-five quarterfinal series when the boys fell to the Wild in Winnipeg. (File photo)

Caps goalie Rhett Boschman took the loss in Game 1 of the best-of-five quarterfinal series when the boys fell to the Wild in Winnipeg. (File photo)

The jitters wore off but it was a little too late to come back.

The Central Plains Capitals were a little shaky in the first and it was costly as the boys fell 5-2 to the Winnipeg Wild in Game 1 of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs and now trail the wild 1-0 in the best-of-five quarterfinal series. 

“Not to beat a dead horse but the first period killed us again,” says Caps head coach, Brad Gnidziejko. “It’s the anxiety of playoffs and we’re unexperienced. The Wild are fast so we work hard to get back defensively and our wingers would over skate their positions and we ended up lost in our own end. The second we played the way we needed to play.”

The Wild had a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, with a home crowd fueling their legs, they caught the Caps flat-footed and it was the difference maker. Reilly Funk and Max Neill both scored for Central Plains in the second to get the Caps within one, it was the shining light for the Caps game as they finished the night 2-for-5 with the extra attacker. The Wild would add two more goals in the final five minutes of the game to seal their Game 1 victory.

The Caps started 15-year-old goaltender Rhett Boschman when veteran goalie Riley Sveistrup went down with an injury in the first game versus Kenora. It was devastating news for the team but the boys haven’t let it get to, and the young goalie has been calm thus far. 

“Sivy is close to coming back, he wanted to play but it’s not worth it,” says Gnidziejko. “The first goal on (Boschman) was quick they got a jump and it was a real good shot that beat him on his blocker side and things sort of spiraled. We just needed to help him out a little more with some offense and better defensive zone coverage, and just an overall better start.”

That makes it five straight wins against the Caps for the Wild this year. The Caps finished the game with 39 shots on net, a season-high allowed against for the Wild. It seems the Caps match up well with the powerhouse Wild but they’ll need to find an extra gear if they plan to play spoilers. Gnidziejko feels they can if they stick to their game plan.

Game 2 is Sunday at the BDO Centre. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. 


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