A hat trick from Haley Kicia and 20 saves from goaltender Lexi Beuker were enough to propel the Prince Albert Northern Bears to a 5-2 victory over the Melville Prairie Fire in Shellbrook on Sunday.
Paris Oleksyn and Kate Ball also scored for the Bears, who improved their record to 10 wins, eight losses, three overtime wins and two overtime losses this season.
“We really needed this win,” Bears forward Rhea Peterson said. “We need the points, so after pulling off that win, it feels pretty good.”
“We had a few troubles in the penalty box, but I think Haley Kicia really had a good game, one of the best games I’ve seen her play this season,” Bears forward Brooklyn Anderson added. “She really helped us out and I think if we keep playing the way we’re playing—we’re sitting in third right now—we’ll get back up there. Come playoffs, it should be a good run.”
The two teams played in front of a full house as residents from across the area came out to celebrate the fourth annual Hockey Day in Shellbrook. Oleksyn got the crowd roaring when she scored just past the halfway point of the first period to make it 1-0.
The Bears were only able to muster one goal in the second, despite outshooting their opponents 16-6. They went up 2-0 late in the period when Kicia scored her first of the game, with assists to Oleksyn and Kailey Ledoux. However, Jordyn Bear got one back for Melville on the power play with just 1:27 left to play, making it 2-1 Prince Albert heading into the second intermission.
The Bears dominated play again the third period, but this time were able to put three goals past opposing netminder Cheyenne Jamieson, who made 36 saves on the night. Megan Hayhurst responded with the lone third period goal for the Prairie Fire.
The two teams are back on the ice again Sunday morning, this time at the Kinsmen Arena in Prince Albert. Puck drop is 11 a.m.