2009 - a year of change and cham­pi­onships

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Jan­uary 8th

The year started off on a winning note for the South­west when, for the sec­ond straight year, the Swift Cur­rent Di­a­mond En­ergy AAA Midget Wild­cats claimed the Mac's World In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment in Cal­gary with a 3-2 dou­ble over­time win over the Ed­mon­ton Thun­der on New Years Day.

Shelby Nis­bet was the over­time hero with her fourth goal of the tour­na­ment with 8:28 re­main­ing in the sec­ond over­time while on the pow­er­play.

Jenna Smith scored the Wild­cats first goal of the game in the open­ing frame, while blue­liner Bai­ley Hab­scheid, with her fourth goal of the tour­na­ment, sent the game to over­time with a late pow­er­play goal to tie the con­test 2-2.

Michala Jef­fries turned aside 30 of 32 shots to earn her fifth win of the tour­na­ment.

The Wild­cats fin­ished the 15-team tour­na­ment with a 5-0-1 record and out-scored their op­po­nents 25-12.

Jan­uary 29th

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos an­nounced the hir­ing of Shel­don Fer­gu­son as the As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager to re­place Elden Moberg.

“I am very ex­cited about Shel­don join­ing the Bron­cos or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Bron­cos Gen­eral Man­ager and Head Coach Dean Chynoweth. “ It is not of­ten you can hire a per­son in ju­nior hockey with Shel­don's cre­den­tials and ac­com­plish­ments. He will be a wel­comed ad­di­tion to our staff and we look for­ward to him get­ting started.”

Fe­bru­ary 5th

The Ste­fanie Law­ton rink show­cased their skill and ex­e­cu­tion in an un­de­feated per­for­mance at the 2009 SaskPower Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts at the Credit Union iplex.

Law­ton, who had reached four of the past five Saskatchew­an women's curl­ing cham­pi­onships, erased the mem­ory of fin­ish­ing as run­ner-up to Michelle En­glot last year and Jan Betker in 2007, by claim­ing her sec­ond pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

In the cham­pi­onship fi­nal, Law­ton posted a 9-6 win af­ter open­ing the Page Play­off cham­pi­onship event with a 7-3 win over Am­ber Hol­land. Law­ton rolled to an A event cham­pi­onship with wins over Saskatoon's Ros Ste­wart (6-4), Saskatoon's Sherry An­der­son ( 11-7), and a 10-2 win over Mi­et­ti­nen in the A Event fi­nal.

“Ev­ery team here was tough, we knew that,” Law­ton said. “It's great to see some young teams in the fi­nals to­gether. I've played against her (Hum­boldt's Rene Mi­et­ti­nen) a lot and I knew that she's very ca­pa­ble of be­ing in the fi­nal and winning the fi­nal, so we knew we had to bring our A game out to­day.”

March 26th

De­spite the low­est scor­ing out­put of their 35-game sea­son, the Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens won their sec­ond 4A Hoopla gold medal in three years with a hard fought 39-33 win over the de­fend­ing cham­pion Wey­burn Ea­gles.

The dra­matic win gave the Ar­dens medals in three straight Hoopla tour­na­ments af­ter winning bronze in 2008 and gold in 2007.

The Fron­tier Raiders also earned a 1A pro­vin­cial bronze medal with a 52-36 win over Ke­nas­ton at Hoopla in Regina.

The Raiders, who en­tered the tour­na­ment ranked sec­ond, were rel­e­gated to the bronze medal game af­ter an in­tense 61-51 loss to the Cen­tral Butte Bull­dogs in the semi-fi­nal Fri­day af­ter­noon.

April 2nd

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos' sea­son came to a heart­break­ing end with a 4-1 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the sev­enth and de­cid­ing game of the West­ern Hockey League East­ern Con­fer­ence quar­ter-fi­nals.

The Bron­cos, dec­i­mated by in­juries to stars Matt Tas­sone, Kee­gan Dansereau, and Eric Doyle, came out with a spir­ited ef­fort, out­shoot­ing the Tigers 40-21, but were only able to solve Tigers' net­min­der Ryan Holfeld for a Michael Stick­land first pe­riod goal.

The game also marked the end of over­agers Kee­gan Dansereau, Spencey McAvoy, and goal­tender Travis Yonkman’s WHL ca­reers.

April 2nd

The Swift Cur­rent Di­a­mond En­ergy Wild­cats failed in their third at­tempt at a Saskatchew­an Fe­male Midget AAA Hockey League cham­pi­onship af­ter fin­ish­ing in sec­ond-place for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The vis­it­ing Prince Al­bert Bears com­pleted a stun­ning come­back from a two games to none se­ries deficit with a 4-1 win over the Wild­cats to claim the Fe­doruk Cup.

The Wild­cats were at­tempt­ing to win their first SFMAAAHL cham­pi­onship af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the two pre­vi­ous sea­sons be­hind the Notre Dame Hounds. The Wild­cats breezed through the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 23-3-2-0 record, 11 points ahead of the Bears who fin­ished sec­ond with an 18-9-1-0 mark.

The Swift Cur­rent Di­a­mond En­ergy AAA Fe­male Mid­getWild­cats re­peated as Mac’sWorld In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons in early Jan­uary. TheWild­cats were coached by Terry Pavely, Stephen Vea­son, Ross Kuglin, and Kathy Gil­lan­ders

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