Normally, getting a split on the road is good news, but for the Prince Albert A&W Bears they know it could have been better.
The Bears salvaged a split in Swift Current on the weekend with a 3-1 triumph on Sunday, but a 2-0 setback on Saturday wasn‚Äôt the result they deserved.
‚ÄúIt was one of those games where we outplay them, but don‚Äôt get the results you want,‚ÄĚ said Bears‚Äô head coach Jeff Willoughby of the loss on Saturday. ‚ÄúBoth of their goals, they were playing aggressive and pounced on them and we couldn‚Äôt buy a goal.‚ÄĚ
Prince Albert outshot Swift Current 27-13 in that opening contest with Jessica Vance absorbing the loss in the Bears goal.
On Sunday, the Bears got goals from Brooke Hobson, Kaitlin Willoughby and Lexi Van Camp to record the win. Sara Olson turned aside 32 shots in the Prince Albert goal while her teammates directed 36 at the Swift Current net.
‚ÄúWhen you are on the road early in the season and come back and get the win, it is a good feeling,‚ÄĚ said Jeff Willoughby. ‚ÄúIt made the trip a little shorter coming home.‚ÄĚ
The win on Sunday came despite Prince Albert missing a pair of veterans in the line-up. Shaylyn Constant and Kelly Regnier both sat out the game after experiencing concussion-like symptoms suffered in a car accident on Friday. The pair dressed for Saturday‚Äôs game, but coach Willoughby noticed on Sunday they weren‚Äôt feeling well so he sat them for precautionary measures.
Brought in to help the team was Michelle Brecker, an affiliate player from Muenster. Brecker had seen some earlier action with the team as she travelled to Edmonton last month for a tournament held at NAIT.
The weekend results leave Prince Albert in first place in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings with a 2-1-1 record although Saskatoon and Regina are only one point back and both have two games in hand. Prince Albert product Karlee Fetch was the winning goaltender in both Saskatoon wins in Melville on the weekend.