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Prince Albert's Brooke Hobson had a goal and an assist in a 7-3 A&W Bears victory over the Battlefords Sharks on Saturday.
Ireland South opened and closed the scoring as the Prince Albert A&W Bears cruised to a 7-3 triumph over the Sharks in Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League action in the Battlefords on Saturday.
The outburst was the first two points for the 14-year-old rookie forward from Melfort and another freshman, 15-year-old Kaytlyn Chickowski from Prince Albert, also had a pair of tallies as the Bears improved to 1-2-2-0 on the season.
The record is somewhat deceiving as a new points structure is in place this year with winning teams in regulation time getting three points while winning teams in overtime and a shootout get two points. Losing teams in extra time are awarded a single point.
Therefore, the win on Saturday was Prince Albert’s third of the season – they beat Weyburn earlier this year in overtime and in a shootout – to go with a pair of losses.
Also scoring for the Bears on Saturday were Crystal Berube, Sierra Glass and Brooke Hobson, all of whom potted their second markers of the season (Chickowski leads the way with three). Kayla McNab chipped in with a pair of assists.
Yet another rookie for the Bears had a big night on Saturday as Shayla Youngman, a 15-year-old from Saskatoon, got her first start in the Prince Albert goal and recorded her first SFMAAAHL victory. Youngman turned aside 22 shots while the Bears fired 45 shots at the Battlefords goal.
The Bears return to action this weekend when they will host the Notre Dame Hounds in a doubleheader that begins on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre and concludes on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
The games against Notre Dame will be the last ones at home – except for a Nov. 13 date against Saskatoon – in more than six weeks as an annual scheduling conflict forces the Bears to take to the road for most of November.
Also, early next month, is the national under-18 female hockey championships in Calgary and the Bears will have a pair of players on the squad with Hobson and No. 1 netminder Jessica Vance representing Saskatchewan at the event. Prince Albert had Kaitlin Willoughby on the provincial team in each of the last two years, but this is the first time that two members from the Bears are on the provincial team at the same time.