Vance making a name for herself in SFMAAAHL record book

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Jessica Vance

Jessica Vance apparently likes her name in the record book.

So much so that the 16-year-old netminder with the Prince Albert A&W Bears equalled another Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standard on the weekend and she is closing in on a third.

Earlier this year Vance rewrote the book when she soared to the top of the list for career minutes played by a goaltender. Continuing to add to that total with every outing, Vance collected her second straight shutout when she backstopped the Bears to a 5-0 triumph in Melville on Saturday.

That shutout was her fifth of the season and 12th of her four-year career equalling the mark set by Samantha Langford with the Regina Rebels and Notre Dame Hounds. The win was also the 35th of her career, which is two shy of the league-best presently being built by Weyburn Gold Wings’ puckstopper Jane Kish.

Vance and Kish, who were teammates on Team Saskatchewan at the Canadian under-18 female championships held in Calgary in November, are battling for more than a place in the record book these days as the Bears and Gold Wings are also in a duel for second place in the league standings.

Saturday’s win moved Prince Albert one point in front of Weyburn and the Bears added to that lead with a 9-1 victory over Melville on Sunday. Vance had the day off in that game as Shayla Youngman recorded the win, but Vance is expected to be seeing plenty of action in the final three regular-season games, which includes a twinbill in Weyburn on Feb. 15-16.

While Vance and Youngman were keeping the puck out of their net, Tylor Lindsay was busy filling the Melville goal as the sophomore winger scored six goals and added a pair of assists in the two victories.

Lindsay, who was named the league’s second star of the month for January when she registered nine points in four games, had three goals in each weekend tilt and added a pair of assists in the Sunday rout.

Crystal Berube also had a big weekend as she had two goals and an assist on Saturday and added a goal and three helpers on Sunday. Kendra Winny had her first career hat-trick on Sunday with Morgan Willoughby and Kaytlyn Chickowski adding singles in the weekend finale.

Prince Albert, which has won its last eight games and 10 of the last 12, with both losses coming in a shootout, play their next game on Feb. 12 when they will host the Saskatoon Stars in their final home game of the regular season.

With no chance of catching the league-leading Regina Rebels, the Bears will be looking to run the table as second place will give them home-ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. Weyburn, which holds a game in hand on the Bears, will need to win both games against Prince Albert to supplant them, but there is a real good possibility that those two teams could meet in the second round so an edge can be gained in addition to home-ice advantage with strong performances to finish the season.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: Weyburn, Melville, Notre Dame Calgary

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