Wild­cats set to bring down the Stars


One week af­ter play­ing their fi­nal Saskatchew­an Fe­male Midget AAA Hockey League reg­u­lar sea­son game, the Swift Cur­rent Di­a­mond En­ergy Wild­cats fi­nally con­firmed the Saskatoon Stars as their op­po­nent for the first round of the play­offs.

The two teams will fin­ish in the fourth and fifth spots in the eight-team league al­though it was un­known com­ing out of the weekend who would have home-ice ad­van­tage.

The Wild­cats fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 1010-4-4 record. They lost both road games in Saskatoon way back in Oc­to­ber by 3-2 scores. The Wild­cats de­feated the Stars 3-2 and 1-0 when they met in Swift Cur­rent in early Novem­ber.

“They play pretty fast,” ex­plained Wild­cats head coach Terry Pavely. “They like to play north and south, they go up and down the ice pretty quick. Again they have one line that you re­ally have to key on. We have found, es­pe­cially at home, that if we can get the matchups that we want we can con­tain num­ber-one lines.”

Home ice ad­van­tage could play a ma­jor fac­tor in the se­ries. The Wild­cats earned only 11 of a pos­si­ble 42 points in 13 road games. They cap­tured 31 of 42 points while play­ing in the friendly con­fines of Fairview Arena.

“The key for us is to play solid de­fen­sive hockey,” said Pavely. “On the power play, we don’t al­ways have to score. I think some­times kids at any level, they get a lit­tle antsy on the power play, they want to score right away. We talk a lot about con­trol, if you play in their end you tire the penalty killers and they make some poor de­ci­sions and you get con­fi­dence out of play­ing in the of­fen­sive zone. We are go­ing to have to play that way against Saskatoon.”

The Wild­cats will have to find ways to score af­ter av­er­ag­ing just over two goals per game dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“We com­pete hard. When we are play­ing hard in all three zones we are a tough team to beat. When you play Saskatoon you have need to shut down their num­ber one line and we need to get qual­ity shots. Some nights we get 20 shots but we might only get four qual­ity ones,” said Pavely.

The Wild­cats were in Hart­ney, Man­i­toba over the weekend for the West­man Wild­cats Spring Clas­sic.

They opened the tour­na­ment with a 5-1 win over the Nor­man Wild. Danya Winzer scored twice, while Merissa Zerr, Mikayla Swal­low, and Jes­sica Pele added sin­gles. Jasey Book earned the win with 21 saves in goal. They were un­able to make it two wins in a row Satur­day morn­ing when they suf­fered a 4-0 loss to the Yel­low­head Chiefs.

They failed to get on the score­board again Satur­day in a 2-0 loss to the Cen­tral Plains Cap­i­tals. The Wild- cats fin­ished the tour­na­ment Sun­day with a 2-2 draw against the West­man Wild­cats to fin­ish the weekend with a 1-2-1 record. Zerr and Kate Scid­more scored and Brook­lyn Weis­ger­ber made 33 saves in goal.

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