Monday, 21 January 2019

Rebels sweep Gold Wings, motor into heavyweight tilt with first place Stars

Rookie Neena Brick had eight points in the Rebels last two games.
    The Regina Rebels showed they won’t take anyone lightly.
    This past weekend, the Rebels continued to cement themselves in second place in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings by sweeping the rebuilding Weyburn Richardson Pioneer Gold Wings in a home-and-home series.
    On Saturday, the two clubs met at Crescent Point Place in Weyburn and the Rebels led 2-0 after the first period, 4-0 after the second frame and skated to a 9-0 victory.
    Forward Lauren Focht, who recently turned 17-years-old, led the way for the Rebels netting four goals and an assist. Neena Brick, who is a 15-year-old rookie forward, had a goal and three assists.
    White City product Tavia Terry had two goals and one assist. Sophomore 16-year-old forward Hanna Bailey, who has committed to join the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team for the 2020-21 season, recorded three assists for the Rebels.
Lauren Focht had four goals for the Rebels on Saturday.
    Shaelyn Myers and Alexis Petford each had singles for the Regina.
    Veteran 16-year-old netminder Chantel Weller made 18 saves to record her first career SFMAAAHL shutout for the Rebels.
    Amara Lewendo turned away 39 shots going the distance in net for the Gold Wings.
    The two sides went at it again on Sunday at the Co-operators Centre in Regina, and the Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 10-3 victory to extend their winning streak to four games.
    Brick had a hat trick and an assist for the Rebels, while Bailey had a hat trick. Kaylee Dyer, who is a 15-year-old rookie forward, had a goal and two assists for Regina.
    Focht, Petford and Myers all had singles for the host side.
    Payton Mabee, Sydney Keddie and Reece Pittman replied with singles for Weyburn.
    Payton Schlamp, who is a rookie 15-year-old goalie, turned away 24 shots to pick up the win in goal for the Rebels.
    Lewendo stopped 44 shots going the distance in goal for the Gold Wings, who fell to 1-19-1.
Hanna Bailey has six points in the Rebels last two games.
    Having won four straight, the skilled and spunky Rebels improved to 16-4-2. They now travel to Saskatoon to face the first place and defending SFMAAAHL champion Stars (20-1) in a two-game series at Merlis Belsher Place.
    The two sides hit the ice this coming Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and go at it again on Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
    The Rebels and Stars split their first two regular season encounters in Regina. On Jan. 12, the Stars blanked the Rebels 3-0. On Jan. 13, the Rebels downed the Stars 3-2.
    The Gold Wings return to Weyburn and will host the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats this coming Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crescent Point Place.

Lind, Hogan on fire for Wildcats

Carissa Hogan scored the OT winner for the Wildcats on Sunday.
    Veteran forwards Taylor Lind and Carissa Hogan of the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats are too hot for the opposition to handle at the moment.
    Both played key roles in helping the Wildcats sweep the Battlefords Sharks in a series this past weekend, which allowed Swift Current to increase its winning streak to six games.
    On Saturday, the two SFMAAAHL squads faced each other at the Gull Lake Arena in Gull Lake as part of “Hockey Day in Saskatchewan” festivities.
    The Wildcats and Sharks were locked in a 2-2 tie in the second period before Swift Current exploded for four straight goals and ultimately claimed a 7-3 victory.
    Lind, who is the Wildcats captain, had two goals and two assists in the win, while Hogan had a pair of goals. Sara Kendall aided the Swift Current side with three assists.
    Brooklyn Rublee, Kate Wagner and Ashlee Wolfe had singles for the Wildcats.
    Logan Halter, Sydney Rowley and Jordyn Blais replied with singles for the Sharks. Captain Ali Aitken had a pair of assists for Battlefords.
    Amaya Giraudier stopped 34 shots to pick up with win in goal for the Wildcats.
    Yelena Zaleschuk turned away 36 shots to take the loss in goal for the Sharks.
    On Sunday at the Fairview Arena in Swift Current, the Wildcats fell behind 3-1 to the Sharks before rallying for a 4-3 overtime victory.
    Lind gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, but the Sharks responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 edge into the first intermission. Ensley Fendelet, Brooklyn Rowley and Kiana McNinch netted singles for the Sharks.
    Battlefords continued to hold its 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
Taylor Lind has 20 points in her last six games.
    Lind scored 55 seconds into the third to cut the Sharks edge to 3-2. Hogan picked up an assist on that tally.
    With 80 seconds remaining in the third, Lind teamed up with Baylee Kirwan to set up Kendall for the equalizer that created a 3-3 tie and forced overtime.
    Just 50 seconds into overtime, Hogan blasted home her fourth game-winning goal of the season to give the Wildcats the 4-3 win.
    Harper Davey stopped 27 shots to pick up the win in goal for the Wildcats (12-9-1).
    Zaleschuk turned away 33 shots to take the overtime setback in goal for the Sharks (10-11-4).
    Hogan has points in five straight games for the Wildcats recording five goals and three assists over that span of time.
    Lind has only been held off the scoresheet in one of the Wildcats 22 regular season games. During Swift Current’s current six game winning streak, Lind has hit another high gear posting 10 goals and 10 assists over that span of time.
    She leads the SFMAAAHL in scoring with 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points.
    Thanks to the seven points she posted this past weekend against the Sharks, Lind vaulted past current Saskatoon Stars captain Grace Shirley into third on the SFMAAAHL’s all-time career regular season points list.
    In 77 career regular season games, Lind has 83 goals and 74 assists for 157 points.
    Shirley has 89 goals and 63 assists for 152 points in 100 career regular season games.
    Lind, who is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer, trails former Stars captain Mackenna Parker by one point for second in career SFMAAAHL regular season points.
    Parker recorded 82 goals and 76 assists for 158 points playing 104 career regular season games with the Stars from 2014-18. She currently plays for the Boston University Terriers women’s hockey team in the NCAA ranks.
    The Wildcats return to action this coming Saturday, when they travel to Weyburn to face the Richardson Pioneer Gold Wings at 2 p.m. at Crescent Point Place.
    The Sharks are off until Feb. 7, when they host the Stars at 7:30 p.m. at the Battleford Arena.

Hats fly for Bears forwards Kicia and Anderson

Haley Kicia had a hat trick on Saturday.
    Prince Albert Northern Bears forwards Haley Kicia and Brooklyn Anderson each celebrated hat trick nights this past weekend to help their team sweep the Melville Prairie Fire in a two-game series.
    On Saturday at the Shellbrook Skating Rink, Kicia, who is a 15-year-old sophomore, recorded the first three goal game of her SFMAAAHL career in regular season play to power the Bears past the Prairie Fire 5-2.
    Paris Oleksyn and Kate Ball each had a goal and an assist for Prince Albert.
    Jordyn Bear and Megan Hayhurst replied with singles for the Prairie Fire.
    Lexi Beuker stopped 20 shots to pick up the win in goal for the Bears.
    Cheyenne Jamieson turned away 36 shots to take the setback in goal for the Prairie Fire.
    On Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena in Prince Albert, Anderson scored three straight goals in the second period to power the Bears to a 4-1 victory over the Prairie Fire.
    Defender Jessie Herner, who committed to joining the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team in the U Sports ranks for the 2020-21 season on Monday, had the Bears other goal on Sunday, which tied things up at 1-1 at the 6:57 mark of the second period.
    Reauna Blight gave the Prairie Fire a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Brooklyn Anderson had a hat trick on Sunday.
    Scout Anderson stopped 16 shots to pick up the win in goal for the Bears, who have won three straight to improve to 14-8-2.
    Jamieson turned away 31 shots to take the setback in goal for the Prairie Fire (8-13-1).
    The Bears are off until Feb. 8, when they travel to Weyburn to face the Richardson Pioneer Gold Wings at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Point Place.
    The Prairie Fire travel to Wilcox this coming Saturday to take on the Notre Dame Hounds at 4 p.m. at the Duncan McNeill Arena.

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