Daily Herald Staff
Like the saying goes, you have to make hay while the sun shines and that is exactly what the Prince Albert A&W Bears will be looking to do when they get back to work on Saturday as they host the Battlefords Sharks at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Bears, who play their next four games on home ice, will be looking to use that to their advantage as they continue to move higher in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
Prince Albert, which has points in eight of its last nine games, currently sits in fourth spot with a 7-5-3-3 record, but they are just one point out of third and two back of the second-place Weyburn Gold Wings. The defending champion Regina Rebels continue to run away with the league lead so second place is the most realistic goal for the Bears and it is within their grasp.
The Bears and Sharks have met twice this year with both games being played in the Battlefords. Prince Albert won the first meeting 7-3 and then just before Christmas posted a 4-1 triumph. With the Sharks having just one win in 16 games this year, and also having scored just one goal in their last five matches, the Bears are going to have to avoid taking them lightly.
Just 10 games remaining on the schedule so every game is that much more important and for Prince Albert to have any thoughts of finishing as high as second place they are going to have to win games like the one on Saturday.
Individually, sophomore defenceman Brooke Hobson continues to lead the team in goals with 10 and points with 13 while veteran forward Amy Weightman has moved into second spot with 12 points after collecting a goal and three assists in the series split with Swift Current just before the Christmas break.
Rookie Sierra Glass and Jessica Lutz each have 11 points while Tylor Lindsay rounds out the top five with 10 points.
In goal, four-year veteran Jessica Vance has a sparkling 1.98 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 14 appearances while freshman Shayla Youngman has a solid 3.12 GAA in five starts.
Prince Albert, which has scored 45 goals and allowed the same number in its 18 starts, remains at home next weekend when the Melville Prairie Fire visit the Art Hauser Centre for a doubleheader and the Bears conclude the homestand on Jan. 15 when the Sharks make their final visit of the season.