Two Central Plains Capitals' products are attending Team Manitoba's Female U18 Top 68 Camp next week.
Goaltender Anika Moroz and forward Danika Botterill will be looking for an opportunity to represent their province at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. Moroz says she took part in the Top 68 Camp last year as well and believes she is coming back this year as a much better player.
"At the camp last year, the goalie coach helped everyone with their stance and gave some tips on how to improve it. My goalie coach with Central Plains, Riley Sveistrup, and I have been working on that all year as they said that was one of the main things I needed to work on," Moroz explains. "I think, having that improved, I'll have a better chance this year."
Botterill, on the other hand, participated for U18 Team Manitoba last year as a 16-year-old and scored one goal throughout the five games. With her being more familiar in the setting, Moroz says it'll be great to have Botterill around as she feels it will make her more comfortable off the ice.
Moroz is one of eight goalies who will be attending the camp and is one of the few netminders to be born in 2006, meaning she can have the opportunity to play with the squad again next year. The Oak Bluff goalie placed second in the Manitoba U18 Female Hockey League (MFHL) this season in save percentage with a 0.936 and finished the season with a 2.69 goals-against-average.
The Portager, Botterill, placed second in the MFHL for goals this season, averaging a goal per game in the regular season, finishing with 23. In the Capitals' brief postseason run, Botterill scored four more goals over just a three-game span. When it came to total points, the local finished seventh in the league with 31.
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Moroz outlines what she'll be looking to put forth next week in Winnipeg.
"The ability I want to showcase the most is probably my rebound control. I found it has gotten a lot better," Moroz continues. "My stance has helped me improve everything, like my rebound control, because now I'm always ready for the puck."
Botterill and Moroz will look to take the first step in becoming a part of Team Manitoba from June 3-5 in Winnipeg.
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