The Wildcats now lead Stars 2-0 in SFMAAAHL playoff series
© Steven Mah
The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats took a commanding lead in their Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League playoff series against the Saskatoon Stars Saturday.
The Wildcats scored twice into an empty net to earn a 4-1 win over the visiting Stars to lead the best-of-five series two games to zero. Rookie Kate Scidmore led the Wildcats with three points and Jasey Book made 19 saves for her second straight win in the playoffs.
The Wildcats trailed 1-0 after Brittany Heuchert scored late in the first period for Saskatoon.
Scidmore fired home a shot low to the glove side of Emma Johnson to tie the game with 13:59 left in the second period. Danya Winzer shovelled home a rebound only 3:38 later to put the Wildcats ahead for good. Brooklyn Haubrich added an empty net goal to give the Wildcats some breathing room and Scidmore added another empty net goal for good measure.
Gabrielle Gray had two assists and Jessica Pele added a single in the win.
"I thought there was a few moments where we didn't play our best," said Wildcats coach Terry Pavely. "But when you work hard you overcome those little mistakes. We turn the puck over at the offensive blueline a couple times but when everybody comes back hard then you kind of get away with it so we were pretty happy."
Pavely said it was a team effort to get the win.
"We know that not everybody is going to get a goal or an assist, but right now we are asking all of our kids to make sure they make an impact, whether it is one shift that they get or 10 shifts. You have to make an impact when you are out there and it looked like everybody made an impact tonight and that's what we need."
The Wildcats will try to close out the opening round series on Sunday in Saskatoon. Pavely cautioned that the Wildcats must focus in on the next game. "That's the way we look at it is that every game is important and you can't look ahead. All we have to do is get a good rest and get up there ready to play as soon as we get to the rink tomorrow. Yeah it would be great if we could finish them off in three games and get some rest but it is not going to be easy. It was basically a 2-1 hockey game tonight and we were fortunate to get a couple of empty netters. We know it is going to be a battle and we have to be prepared to put on our hard hats and go at it again tomorrow night."
Game four, if necessary, would be played Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Fairview West Arena in Swift Current with game five slated for Thursday back in Saskatoon.