Bears play perfect game in beating Swift Current 5-0 on Sunday

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Dave Leaderhouse

Herald Staff

Perfection!

That would be one way of describing the Prince Albert A&W Bears 5-0 victory over the Swift Current Wildcats in Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena.

“We said that to the girls in the dressing room that that was definitely a full 60 minutes of hockey,” commented Bears’ head coach Jeff Willoughby moments after the game.

The outcome had a little to do with the result of the first game of the weekend doubleheader as Prince   Albert jumped into a 3-0 first-period advantage on Saturday before hanging on for a 3-2 triumph over the Wildcats.

“We started both games with a fast start, but this time we didn’t want to let them back (in),” said Willoughby.

There was no chance of that on Sunday as the Bears controlled the play the entire game. Prince   Albert won all the battles to the loose puck and for lengthy periods of time kept Swift Current penned in their own end of the rink.

Lexi Van Camp led the Bears with two goals on Sunday while singles were added by Megan Sloboshan, Courtney Hancherow and Crystal Berube. Aleece Anderson, Brooke Hobson and Kelly Regnier all chipped in with two assists each with Regnier’s production adding to her league-leading total of 22 points.

Jessica Vance had a relatively easy game despite turning aside 22 shots while the Bears peppered Swift Current netminder Moriah Andrews with 43 blasts.

On Saturday, Van Camp, Regnier and Tylor Lindsay provided the first-period cushion with Sara Olson kicking out 31 shots for the win. Andrews once again was busy as the league’s second star for the month of November stopped all 32 shots she faced in two periods of relief. Brooklyn Weisgerber started the game in the Swift Current goal, but was replaced after allowing three goals on 19 shots.

The weekend sweep keeps the Bears in a first-place tie with the Regina Rebels, who won a doubleheader of their own over the Weyburn Gold Wings. The Bears, 10-2-0-1, have played two more games than Regina, however, as the Rebels have just a shootout loss against Prince Albert as their only blemish in 11 starts.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday when they will host the last-place Battlefords Sharks at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre. Willoughby says it is a game the team can’t take too lightly.

“We have to come ready to play every night,” says Willoughby.

BEARS NOTES: In addition to Andrews’s second-star performance, Shaylyn Constant was the league’s third star, after she collected five points in the pair of wins the Bears recorded over Saskatoon in November. Notre Dame goaltender Summer Roberts was the first star after she stopped all 59 shots she faced in three appearances for the Hounds…The Bears are selling tickets on a pair of raffles to try and raise extra money for their upcoming trip to Calgary for the annual Mac’s Invitational tournament during the Christmas holidays. Tickets can be purchased at any of the home games or by contacting one of the board members.

 

 

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

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatoon, Notre Dame Calgary

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