New-look Wild­cats make their SFMAAAHL de­but this weekend

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - BY STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The Swift Cur­rent Di­a­mond En­ergy Wild­cats will be the fi­nal team in the Saskatchew­an Fe­male Midget AAA Hockey League to open the reg­u­lar sea­son, when they visit the Wey­burn Wings for two games this weekend.

The Wild­cats played an ex­ten­sive pre-sea­son sched­ule across three prov­inces, fin­ish­ing with five wins, five losses and three ties.

The Wild­cats av­er­aged three goals per game and have got­ten pro­duc­tion from a wide ar­ray of play­ers through­out the line-up.

Vet­eran Kar­lie Bell led the way with eight goals and five as­sists.

Tori Carl­son added five goals and six as­sists.

Rook­ies Kate Scid­more and Merissa Zerr each scored six goals dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

Rookie goal­tender Jasey Book fin­ished with a .910 save per­cent­age.

Vet­eran net­min­der Brook­lyn Weis­ger­ber posted a .899 mark be­tween the pipes.

The Wings opened the reg­u­lar sea­son in Prince Al­bert last weekend with shootout and over­time losses against the Bears.

One change in the SFMAAAHL rules this sea­son awards three points per game.

Teams record­ing a reg­u­la­tion win will be awarded three points in the standings.

Mean­while, over­time and shootout wins will re­sult in two points for the vic­tory and one point for the los­ing team.

Each of the eight teams will play a dou­ble home­and-home against each other re­sult­ing in a 28-game sched­ule.

The sched­ule runs un­til Feb. 24, with the Di­a­mond En­ergy Wild­cats com­plet­ing the 2013-14 reg­u­lar sea­son on Feb. 5.

League play con­cludes in late Fe­bru­ary with the league cham­pion be­ing crowned in late March.

The Wild­cats will play their first six games on the road over the next three week­ends, mak­ing trips to play the Wey­burn Wings, Saskatoon Stars, and Regina Rebels.

The Wild­cats will make their home de­but on Oc­to­ber 23 when the Notre Dame Hounds visit Fairview Arena at 8 p.m.

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