The Swift Current Wildcats are unbeaten in the shoootut but road wins remain hard to come by
Swift Current Wildcats
The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats had another tough week on the road as they earned only two of a possible nine points against two teams below them in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
The Wildcats were in Prince Albert on December 20-21 for their final league action of the year.
Saturday, the Wildcats continued their incredible shootout success in a 3-2 comeback win. Rookie Jacey Book made 35 saves and stopped all three Bears in the shootout to earn the win. She finished 2013 with a 7-3 record, a 1.53 goals against average, and a .939 save percentage.
Jessica Lutz scored twice for Prince Albert to put the Wildcats behind 2-0 after two periods. Karlie Bell halved the deficit at the 6:16 mark of the third period and Danya Winzer tied it 3:10 later to send the game to overtime. Kate Scidmore and Jessica Pele added assists for Swift Current.
Pele, an Estevan native, scored the only goal in the shootout to earn the extra point for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are now 4-0 in shootouts this season. They have scored six goals on 23 attempts and allowed only two goals on 23 shootout attempts. Book, a Loreburn native, has made 19 saves on 20 shots against in the shootout.
Sunday, the Wildcats trailed 2-0 after two periods and were unable come back in a 2-1 loss. Brooke Hobson and Amy Weightman provided all the offense the Bears would need in the first period and Vance made 17 saves on 18 shots.
The Wildcats avoided the shutout when Kayla Kirwan scored with less than five seconds remaining on the clock with assists from Winzer and Bell.
Brooklyn Weisgerber made the start and allowed two goals on 11 shots in the first period. Book took over to start the second period and stopped all 20 shots she faced the rest of the way.
Prince Albert moved into fourth place in the standings with a 7-5-3-3 record. The Wildcats now sit fifth with a 7-9-4-0 record heading into the new year.
The Wildcats now have three shootout wins and eight losses on the road, earning only six of a possible 33 points. They have seven regulation wins, one shootout win, and one regulation loss at home.
The Wildcats will spend much of their holiday break in Calgary at the Mac’s AAA World Invitational Tournament. They open the 15-team tournament against the Winnipeg Ice on Friday.