Lack of goal production no problem for A&W Bears

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Prince Albert A&W Bears' netminder Jessica Vance watches the play behind her goal while defenceman Brooke Hobson guards the area out front during Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League action on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.

 

Dave Leaderhouse

Herald Staff

Scoring three goals in two games is normally a concern for most teams.

Not for the Prince Albert A&W Bears as that output was enough to secure three of a possible four points from the Weyburn Gold Wings in Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League action at the Art Hauser Centre on the weekend.

“I’m going to have watch the video and see how many scoring chances we had,” said Bears’ head coach Jeff Willoughby shortly after watching his team skate to a 2-0 triumph on Sunday. The teams had battled to a 1-1 draw in the season opener on Saturday.

“Overall, offensively the effort was there,” continued Willoughby. “More than 80 per cent of the goals in this league are scored on rebounds so the more we can stay on that and be strong then the better we will be.”

Megan Sloboshan scored in the first period and Kelly Regnier added a shorthanded effort with two minutes remaining to provide all the offense the Bears would need. Sara Olson, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Saturday, stopped all 25 shots she faced to record the shutout.

In the season opener on Saturday, a late goal by Tylor Lindsay was needed for the Bears to salvage the single point. Jessica Vance, who had allowed just one goal in four pre-season games, was beaten just once on 28 Weyburn shots and the third-year veteran stopped all five shots fired her way in the extra session.

Willoughby says he is encouraged by the way the whole team is playing strong defensively.

“I think our defensive positioning is strong and they are staying with the systems we are showing them,” said Willoughby. “The forwards are doing their jobs too so all six on the ice are doing what we are asking them.”

The Bears, who started the season 0-4-0 last year, will be looking to build on the strong start when they travel to Swift Current this weekend for a doubleheader against the Wildcats. The Bears play their next five games on the road with the next home contest not scheduled until Oct. 26 when Regina will pay a visit to the Art Hauser Centre.

 

Organizations: Art Hauser Centre, Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, Wildcats

Geographic location: Swift Current

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