The Central Plains Caps will look to even their best-of-five series with Pembina Valley at one game a piece tonight. They host the Hawks in Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League Playoff action at the BDO Centre in Portage la Prairie.
The Caps lost game one 3-1 in Morden earlier this week. The game was scoreless through one, and the Hawks didn't really run away with things until the last five minutes of the game. Head coach Ferdi Nelissen wasn't happy with the outcome and feels his team could've come away with a victory. He says it's not over by any means and it comes down to protecting the home barn.
"We have to do the right things on the ice," says head coach Ferdi Nelissen. "We get last change which will help us get the match-ups we want. We did a pretty good job of taking away the Hawks' centre-regroup last game, and they were doing a lot of cross-ice stuff -- which we told our girls about --- yet we still got caught on it. They had a couple of weak goals last game but we're young and hopefully, the girls have a little burr under their saddle for game two."
Nelissen says it's important to keep a short memory, especially in the playoffs.
"We've really preached that all year," adds Nelissen. "The series isn't over by any stretch. I feel when we play well and take the cross-ice play away the Hawks are a pretty standardized team. We know exactly what they're going to do, it just comes down to our execution. If we can execute properly tonight we'll give ourselves a shot at winning."
Game two gets underway at 8 p.m. at the BDO Centre. The Hawks lead the best-of-five series 1-0.