Wildcats Win Home Opener in Overtime
Published: Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:19
Written by David Zammit
(photo by Colin Powers)
The Swift Current Innovation Credit Union U18 AAA Female Wildcats are the last undefeated team remaining in the Saskatchewan Female U18 AAA Hockey League after Wednesday night.
Wildcats captain Ava Metzger’s overtime winner extinguished the Regina Rebels bid for a six-game win streak to begin the season while extending Swift Current’s to three in a row.
The contest didn’t start as planned for Swift Current as the Rebels pounced out to a 1-0 lead just 1:49 into the game.
Swift Current forward Jerzey Watteyne continued her impressive start to the season with just over a trio of minutes left in the first frame scoring her fourth of the season tying the game up.
A similar script to the first period ensued in the second, as the Rebels regained the lead at the 5:22 mark.
The Wildcats would respond quicker this time, around four minutes later as Gull Lake’s Sadie Keller netted her first on the campaign via the powerplay knotting the game at 2-2.
Wildcats rookie Addison Eurich would give them the lead just over five minutes into the third period but Swift Current couldn’t hang on as they allowed a tying goal with around three minutes left in regulation.
That set the stage for Metzger to play hero for Swift Current in the extra frame moving their record to 3-0 on the season.
Swift Current’s goalie Karlee Lehner stopped 30 of 33 shots in her second career win in as many outings.
Next up for the Wildcats is a weekend visit from the 0-4 Prince Albert Bears on Saturday and Sunday.