Wildcats salvage shootout win over Bears

Steven Mah
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Wildcats only manage two of six points against visiting Prince Albert Bears

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The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats lost ground in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League when they secured only two of a possible six points from the visiting Prince Albert Bears over the weekend.

Saturday, the Wildcats allowed a natural hat trick from Brooke Hobson in the third period as they watched a 2-0 lead evaporate in a 3-2 loss. Hobson scored 1:50 into the third period, with 5:56 remaining to tie the game, and then notched the game-winner on the powerplay with 1:59 remaining in regulation as the Bears outshot the Wildcats 18-7 in the period. The veteran defenseman had only six goals in 13 games heading into the contest before erupting for three in 16:11.

After a scoreless first period, the Wildcats got powerplay goals from Tori Kendall and Kate Scidmore 1:03 apart in the second period to lead 2-0. Brenna Thomson assisted on both goals and Kendall added an assist for a two-point outing.

Jessica Vance made 28 saves for the Bears in the win. Brooklyn Weisgerber made 34 saves in a losing cause for the Wildcats.

Sunday, Jasey Book stopped eight of nine Bears in the shootout in a 3-2 win. The Wildcats trailed 2-0 after shorthanded goals from Ireland South in the first period and Jessica Lutz in the second period.

View photos from Sunday's game here.

Karlie Bell scored both Swift Current goals. She narrowed the deficit with a powerplay goal late in the second period and then tied the game only 22 seconds into the third period. Scidmore, Thomson and Brooklyn Haubrich all added assists.

Book stopped two of three shooters in the opening round of the shootout as Hobson deked backhand and went over Book for Prince Albert’s only goal.

Haubrich sent it to extra shooters when she scored on the Wildcats’ third attempt with a patient effort. The next five Wildcats were stopped by Vance with the game on the line before Merissa Zerr beat her five-hole to end the contest. Vance finished with 33 saves in the loss.

Book earned the win with 33 saves to improve to 5-3-0 with a 1.80 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

The Wildcats fell to sixth in the SFMAAAHL with a 5-7-3-0 record. The Bears now sit fourth with a 5-5-3-2 record.

The Wildcats will continue a four-game homestand this weekend when the last-place Battleford Sharks (1-12-0-0) visit for games on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fairview West Arena.

The Sharks are currently last in the SFMAAAHL with a 1-12-0-0 record with 21 goals for and 62 against.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, Swift Current Wildcats, Prince Albert Bears

Geographic location: Swift Current

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