Daily Herald Staff
It is becoming more apparent that the Prince Albert A&W Bears will be facing the Notre Dame Hounds in the opening round of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs.
The Bears travelled to Weyburn for a doubleheader against the Gold Wings on the weekend needing at least one victory to keep any hope of finishing second overall alive, but 2-0 and 2-1 setbacks now have Prince Albert in third place with just one game left on the schedule.
The Bears, who entered the weekend riding an eight-game winning streak, will play the Saskatoon Stars on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Northern Regional Recreation Centre in Buckland in a game rescheduled from last week.
A victory in the regular-season ending game on Tuesday could put Prince Albert back into second place ahead of Weyburn, but the Gold Wings have two games left this week as they are in Notre Dame on Tuesday and finish up with a trip to Melville next Monday.
Weyburn would have to lose both of those games for Prince Albert to have a shot at second as even just one win, or even extra-time losses in both games, would give the Gold Wings the second seed.
Prince Albert finished the season series against Weyburn with a 2-2-0-0 record as all four games were decided by two goals or less. The Bears were 2-1-0-1 against the Hounds with each team winning once in the other’s building and Prince Albert’s Jessica Vance posting one of her five shutouts this season in a game played in Wilcox.
If nothing else, pride and getting back to their winning ways will be paramount in Tuesday’s game as the playoffs will open next week. Dates and times have not been announced, but the Bears will start the best-of-five opening round at home. Should Prince Albert indeed finish third and play Notre Dame, a victory over the Hounds would likely pit them against Weyburn in the semifinals. Home-ice advantage in that round was what was on the line this past weekend.