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Female Capitals Split Weekend Games

Ferdi Nelissen

By Ferdi Nelissen

CAPS PICK UP BIG WIN ON THE ROAD

Courtlyn Oswald and Chantal Gamache, 5 points each in win vs. Yellowhead

The Caps traveled to Shoal Lake on Saturday and got back in the win column with a 5 to 0 decision over the Yellowhead Chiefs in MFMHL play. Led by Courtlyn Oswald (1 goal and 4 assists) and Chantal Gamache (2 goals and 3 assists) 5 point performances the Caps picked up 2 important points in the MFMHL standings. The Caps controlled the game outshooting the Chiefs 32 to 15 over 60 minutes with Elisha Oswald picking up her 4th shutout of the season. Also getting on the score sheet for the Caps were Sheridan Oswald (goal and an assist), Autumn Garnham (2 assists) and Madison Dreger (goal).

The Caps were very effective on their specialty teams vs. the Chiefs killing off all 3 penalties while controlling the puck and generating quality scoring chances on the power play notching a a couple of goals on 5 opportunities.

The Caps next action is when they host Pembina Valley Hawks in MFMHL action Wednesday Dec. 19 at the BDO Centre with Start Time at 815 pm

Caps Downed by the MFMHL Defending Champs

The Caps found out the hard way that making mistakes against the defending MFMHL and Canadian Champions can have tragic results. Although only outshot 29-25 the Caps made 1 glaring 1st period mistake and 2 in the 2nd frame that ended up being the difference in a 4 to1 loss to the Pembina Valley Hawks.

The Caps got off to a slow start in the 1st period after seeing no game action for 12 days but managed to only trail 1 to 0 heading into the 1st intermission after being outshot 12 to 7. The Caps did have several excellent scoring chances which they were unable to convert due to solid Hawk's goaltending or missing the goal.

The 2nd period saw the Caps get out of the gate quicker playing the Hawks even territorially and in shots at 9 each however defensive miscues led to a 4 to 0 2nd intermission deficit.

During the intermission the Caps coaching staff asked the Caps to dig deep and come out with a solid 3rd period which they did outshooting Pembina Valley and picking up the only goal when Sheridan Oswald forced a turnover and went in on a break away to score on a nice individual effort.

The Caps lost due to their own mistakes however positives from the 3rd period will help the Caps as they travel to Shoal Lake for another MFMHL matchup on Saturday vs. Yellowhead at 7 pm. The coaching staff was very pleased with the play of Bantam Capitals call up Emily Upgang who displayed good speed, a strong forecheck and created offensive opportunities just missing scoring on a couple of occasions.

The Caps were without regular defense Jordan Robertson (concussion) and Megan Tully (Wrist) and will be forced to play without them again on Saturday. Robertson has been sidelined since October and no time is set for her return while the Caps are expecting Tully to return to action hopefully over the next 5 to7 days.

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