Wildcats place second at Chinook Classic

The Swift Current Innovation Credit Union U18 AAA Female Wildcats won three of fives games to place second at the Chinook Classic in Calgary.

The Wildcats opened the eight-team tournament with a 7-5 win over the Fraser Valley Rush on Thursday.

Kiana McNinch, Ava Metzger, and Laiken Swan all finished with one goal and one assist. Aurora Van Wormer earned the win as the Wildcats outshot the Rush 27-25.

Caitlyn Perlinger, Sadie Keller, Jessica Bouffard, and Samantha Thompson also scored, while Jerzey Watteyne added a single helper.

The Wildcats defeated the host Calgary Edge 4-3 on Friday afternoon. Metzger and McNinch each finished with a goal and an assist for a second straight game, while Laiken Swan and Cydny Price also scored. Olivia Kirwan and Keller added assists and Karlee Lehner earned the win in goal.

The Wildcats faced the Edmonton Pandas that evening and lost 5-3. Swan, Keller, and Watteyne all scored. Watteyne and Perlinger picked up assists, while Van Wormer made 26 saves.

Saturday, the Wildcats edged OHA 2-1 in the semi-final on goals from Keller and Watteyne. Bouffard and Swan picked up assists. Lehner earned the win with 28 saves.

The Wildcats lost the championship game 2-1 to the Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday. Watteyne scored the only goal with assists from Metzger and Swan. Van Wormer made 18 saves as the Wildcats were outshot 20-13.

The Wildcats will host the Regina Rebels in their SFU18AAAHL home opener on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Fairview West Arena.