The Central Plains Caps open their Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League Playoffs tonight. They're up against second place Pembina Valley in game one of their best-of-five series in Morden.
Central Plains finished seventh in the standings with a 6-19-3 record. They won their last meeting over the Hawks 2-1 in Morden a couple of weeks ago and head coach Ferdi Nelissen feels they can do it again.
"We just have to show up and play," says Nelissen. "We have to execute what we've been practicing, stick to our game plan, and make sure we're doing our game goals. We need to be good from the net out, play a good solid 200-foot game that starts in our own end. If we can limit scoring chances like we have been we can be in every game."
The Caps and Hawks have met four times this year with Central Plains only managing the one victory.
"It's a fresh season and we're starting from the ground level," admits Nelissen. "It's the first to three, a level playing field, and the team that can execute the best will probably win. We just need to get some good goaltending, and on the other side of that our offence needs to produce more than one or two goals in a game, but the chances are there."
The Caps and Hawks face off at 7:30 in Morden.