(WINDSOR, ON) – On Sunday, the Southwest Wildcats women’s junior hockey club picked up their first win of the season. The Wildcats have battled long and hard so far this year, but have only managed victories in tournament play.
Southwest’s first Provincial Women’s Hockey League victory was a 4-0 shutout win over the Burlington Jr Barracudas.
“It was great to see the team finally be rewarded for their hard work,” said head coach Jennifer Hitchcock. “We were led by our captain, Savannah Bouzide, who had a hat-trick. Kristen Swiatoschik had a great game in net for us. She was able to get her first PWHL win with a shutout.”
After a scoreless first period, Wildcat co-captain Savannah Bouzide ripped the mesh just over two minutes into the middle frame. Minutes later, Taylor Lockwood notched a power play marker to extend the lead. Bouzide then pushed the lead to 3-0 just past the midway point of the game.
Southwest dominated the period, out-shooting Burlington 15-7.
The ‘Cudas put on the pressure in the third, pounding Swiatoschik with 15 blasts of their own. Bouzide added one more, late, to put the game away, while the Wildcat goalie would not stand down and held the shutout until the final buzzer.
Swiatoschik turned aside all 28 shots she faced, while Chelsea Dubois stopped 25 of 29 for Burlington.
Southwest’s helpers came from Katherine Carter (2), Carli Dumeah (2), Shannon Fehr, Sofia Smithson, and Kristen Horney.
“I have been stressing to [my players] that as long as we continue to work hard and are willing to play gritty hockey we will eventually be rewarded,” said coach Hitchcock after the game. “This weekend, we really turned the corner as a group. I am looking forward to this coming weekend as we have Brampton and Barrie coming to town. I know our team is hitting our stride at the right point in the season. We are looking to play with that playoff push mentality from here on out.”
Tomorrow evening, the Wildcats host the Barrie Jr Sharks at Forest Glade Arena. Game time is 4:30pm. The following afternoon, at 1:00pm, Southwest will again be hosting, this time the Brampton Canadettes.