It has been a while since the Prince Albert A&W Bears have seen any action in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, but they made their return a success when they outscored the Sharks 4-1 on Tuesday in the Battlefords.
The Bears had not played a league game since Dec. 1 although they did have four contests at a tournament in Notre Dame earlier this month. Thursday’s match was their sixth regular-season game in a row on the road – they went 4-1-0-1 – and they will finally return home this weekend when they host the Swift Current Wildcats on Friday and Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.
Tylor Lindsay, Sierra Glass, Brittany Yeager and Caitlyn Welder scored for the Bears, who improved to 6-5-3-2 on the season. The Bears, who now have 26 points on the season (three points are awarded for regulation wins, two for wins in overtime or a shootout and a single point for a loss in extra time) are in sixth place in the league standings, but they have games to make up due to their long absence from league play.
The Bears are just one point back of Swift Current with two games in hand and two in arrears of Notre Dame with one fewer game played than the Hounds. The Weyburn Gold Wings are just three points ahead of Prince Albert with the Bears also having a game in hand on their southern-most opponent while the second-place Saskatoon Stars are just five points in front of the Bears.
The Regina Rebels, who went undefeated in winning the title last year, are runaway leaders again this year, but they have suffered three losses in the last couple of weeks.
Shayla Youngman picked up the win in the Prince Albert goal on Tuesday as the 15-year-old rookie from Saskatoon made just her fourth start of the season. The Bears’ No. 1 goaltender, Jessica Vance, had the night off and earlier this week was named the league’s first star for November after the four-year veteran posted wins in all four of her starts during that period, including a pair of shutouts.
The Bears played Tuesday’s game without leading scorer Brooke Hobson in the line-up as the 14-year-old defenceman sat out the first game of a two-game suspension. Hobson will also have to miss Friday’s game against Swift Current before getting back into action on Saturday against the Wildcats.
Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. with Saturday’s contest set for a 1:30 p.m. start.