Wildcats suffer two close losses to visiting Stars
The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats had the opportunity to test themselves against the defending league champion Saskatoon Stars in their Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League opening weekend. The Wildcats appear to have closed the gap with the Stars, but were unable to secure any points in a pair of close losses on home ice.
“Obviously we did a lot of good things,” said head coach Terry Pavely. “But we also did some things that we need to correct. I thought it was good to play a team like that right off the get go because we know what the pace is going to be like against good teams for 60 minutes. We just talked about the inconsistency that we had throughout the game and yesterday. If we want to become a team that gives them a run at the end of the year we need to be more consistent over 60 minutes... Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the weekend. We’re not pleased with the outcome, but we’re pleased with a lot of things we did.”
Saturday, the Wildcats scored twice on the power play but lost 4-2.
Taylor Lind tallied to open the scoring the first period and Maddy Mccleary also scored in the third period. Lind and Ryleigh White added assists in the loss.
Grace Shirley, Abby Decorby, Anna Leschyshyn, and Jayda Sachs all scored for the Stars.
Arden Kliewer earned the win with 23 saves on 25 shots. Amaya Giraudier took the loss with 25 saves for the Wildcats.
Sunday, the Wildcats scored another three goals on the power play but let a couple of leads slip through their fingers in a 5-4 loss to the Stars.
The Wildcats got out to the ideal start when they got goals 13 seconds apart from Sara Kendall and Crystal Wale in the opening minutes.
The Stars responded with three goals over 2:08 to lead 3-2 after one period.
The Wildcats opened the second period with power play goals from Lind and Carissa Hogan to regain the lead, but Saskatoon scored twice before the end of the period to regain the lead before a scoreless third period.
The Wildcats finished threefor-seven on the man-advantage and were not whistled for a single infraction against a very physical Stars team.
Taylor Lind (second from right) tried to knock Saskatoon’s Grace Shirley (centre) off the puck near the crease of goaltender Amaya Giraudier.