(AURORA, ON) – The Southwest Wildcats added two more points to their season tally over the weekend. Having a 1-1 tie with the Aurora Jr Panthers and a 4-3 overtime loss against the Mississauga Jr Chiefs, the Wildcats are still looking for their first win of the season in Provincial Women’s Hockey League action.
On Saturday, Southwest trekked to Aurora for their first meeting of the year with the Panthers. Southwest’s goalie, Emily O’Bright, and Aurora’s Carmen Lasis each held the game scoreless until late in the third period.
Avery Mertz scored first, with a helper from Jessica Jeffery, to give the Wildcats the go-ahead with just over ten minutes left. Two minutes later, Emerson Elliott knotted the game up for the Panthers and then overtime solved nothing.
O’Bright made 21 stops and Lasis turned aside 20 in the tie.
The next afternoon, the Wildcats paid a visit to Mississauga for what was a see-saw battle with the Chiefs.
Mississauga laid siege to the Southwest zone in the opening frame, bombing goalie Kristen Swiatoschik with 15 shots. She was up to the challenge, allowing only a single goal late in the first to Daryl Watts of the Chiefs.
The Wildcats responded before the buzzer when Maggi DeWolf-Russ lit the lamp, with help from Gioia DiCiocco and Carli Dumeah.
In the second period, Mertz hammered home a shot only 40 seconds in to give Southwest the lead. Assists went to Mikayla Fockens and Savannah Bouzide. Three minutes later, the Chiefs answered back with a snipe from Taylor Murphy.
Mississauga took the lead five minutes into the third stanza with another goal from Watts. It looked like the Chiefs might get away with the regulation win but, with 13 seconds remaining, Mertz struck again on a feed from Bouzide and Fockens.
Mississauga, who finished in third place in the PWHL last season, did not take kindly to the Wildcats taking them to extra time and went on an all-out assault in the OT period. After four blasts on net, to nil for Southwest, Rebecca Vanstone finally took the overtime point for the Chiefs.
Swiatoschik was solid in net, stopping 39 of 43 Mississauga attempts for the regulation tie. The Chiefs’ Cassie Reale was no slouch either, turning aside 31 for the win.
This coming weekend, the Wildcats will be in Detroit for a prospects tournament. Southwest will return to local action on November 5, as they host the Kingston Ice Wolves at Forest Glade Arena at 4:30pm. The next afternoon the puck drops at 1:00pm when they host the Stoney Creek Jr Sabres.