Two Central Plains Capitals players will continue their hockey playing careers at the collegiate level next season, the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL) announced today.

Defenceman Marisa Fraser and forward Lauren Blight have committed to attend and play for Red Deer College and Assiniboine Community College respectively.

The Capitals' captain this season, Fraser, from Portage la Prairie, is in her third year in the MFMHL. In 160 games over that span, she has 44 points (9-35—44).

“Fraser is known for being a tremendous skater with an excellent shot who plays big minutes against the opposition's top players,” says Capitals head coach Ferdi Nelissen in a release. “She is a key player on both the (power play) and penalty kill units.”

Fraser: “I'm pretty excited for it. It's just a new team and something different. I'm looking forward to having a new life somewhere else.”

Blight, an Oakville, Man., native in her first MFMHL season, will play in the American College Hockey Association with the ACC Cougars — located in Brandon, Man. — next season. The 17-year-old has eight points this season with the Capitals.

“It's good that I can continue playing cause I like it so much,” Blight says, noting she will study agriculture.

Nelissen adds: “Blight is a hard working player in all three zones of the rink who possesses a great shot.”

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SCOREBOARD

Thursday, March 23rd

SEMHL Playoffs
Notre Dame 3 Portage 2
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

KJHL Playoffs
St. Malo 9 Peguis 0
(best of 7 semi-final tied 3-3)

AHL
Milwaukee 6 Manitoba 2

NHL
Los Angeles 5 Winnipeg 2
Washington 2 Columbus 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 6 Boston 3
Ottawa 2 Pittsburgh 1 (SO)
Florida 3 Arizona 1
Carolina 4 Montreal 1
Toronto 4 New Jersey 2
Philadelphia 3 Minnesota 1
Nashville 3 Calgary 1
St. Louis 4 Vancover 1
Chicago 3 Dallas 2 (SO)
Edmonton 7 Colorado 4

NBA
Toronto 101 Miami 84
Brooklyn 126 Phoenix 98
San Antonio 97 Memphis 90
Dallas 97 L.A. Clippers 95
Portland 110 New York 95

Friday, March 24th

MJHL Playoffs
Portage at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m., pre-game show 7:20, CFRY/portageonline.com
(1st game in best of 7 semi-final)

Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
Championship Final
Carberry at Killarney, 8 p.m.
(Killarney leads best of 5 series 2-0)

MMJHL
Pembina Valley at Stonewall, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semi-final)

Allan Cup Playdowns
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Series
SE Prairie Thunder vs Rosetown @ Max Bell arena in Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
(1st game in best of 5 series)

WHL Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 8:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 quarter-final)

AHL
Milwaukee at Manitoba, 7 p.m.

NHL
Winnipeg at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Denver at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Cleveland at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Washington, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.
Altanta at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

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