Wildcats clinch second with four-point weekend

The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats earned four points against the visiting Battlefords Sharks over the weekend. STEVAN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats clinched second spot in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League regular season over the weekend.

Saturday, the Wildcats let a four-goal slip away in 6-5 shootout loss to the visiting Battlefords Sharks.

The Wildcats scored four goals in a 6:47 stretch in the first period before allowing five of the next six goals, including a shorthanded marker from Kiana McNinch in the third period that forced overtime. McNinch scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Sharks to the upset victory.

Baylee Kirwan led the Wildcats with three goals and one assist. Brooklyn Rublee added a goal and an assist, while Crystal Wale and Madison Garrett both had two-assist outings. Ashlee Wolfe also scored, while Sara Kendall and Samantha Thompson added assists. Cheyenne Jamieson took the loss with 21 saves.

Sunday, the Wildcats returned to the win column with a 3-1 victory. Kirwan scored two more goals, while Kendall added a single. McCleary added two assists, followed by singles from Brooklyn Rublee and Ryleigh White.

Amaya Giraudier made 20 saves to improve to 11-1 with a 1.09 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.

The Wildcats remain second in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League with a 17-4-1-1 record.

Kirwan was named the SFMAAAHL January First Star on Sunday after finishing the month with eight goals and two assists in seven games. The third-year Wildcat is currently third in league scoring with 35 points in 25 games. She leads all SFMAAAHL skaters with 25 goals this season. The Gull Lake product is committed to Robert Morris University for the 2021-22 season.

The Wildcats are on the road on Feb. 21-22 in Wilcox against the Hounds. They also visit the Regina Rebels on Feb. 23.