The Swift Current Innovation Credit Union Wildcats squeaked out a 2-1 shootout win in their return to Saskatchewan Female U18 AAA Hockey League against the Prince Albert Bears on Friday.
They scored their only goal 31 seconds into regulation when defenseman Shelby Rublee scored with assists from Samantha Thompson and Jerzey Watteyne. Prince Albert scored early in the third period with a Kassie Ferster goal, while the Wildcats were held scoreless over the final 69:29.
Karlee Lehner stopped 37 of 38 shots over 70 minutes and then turned aside all four Bears in the shootout. Captain Ava Metzger scored the only goal of the shootout to secure the extra point.
Paige Fischer took the loss with 40 saves for the Bears.
The Wildcats remain second in the Saskatchewan Female U18 AAA Hockey League with a 10-7-3-0 record. Prince Albert is fifth with a 5-9-1-2 mark.
The two teams will rematch on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Prince Albert.