Wild­cats suf­fer two close losses to vis­it­ing Stars

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

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.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Tay­lor Lind (sec­ond from right) tried to knock Saska­toon’s Grace Shirley (cen­tre) off the puck near the crease of goal­tender Amaya Gi­raudier.

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