Bears split weekend in Melville

Daily Herald File Photo The Prince Albert Northern Bears discuss strategy during a game earlier this season.

The Prince Albert Northern Bears returned to the win column Sunday afternoon.

After dropping a 3-2 decision to the host Melville Prairie Fire Saturday, the Bears bounced back Sunday as they picked up an 8-4 win during a rematch at the Horizon Credit Union Centre in Melville.

Kate Ball led the way on offence in the victory with a goal and two assists, while Abby Soyko scored twice and Miranda Heidt dished out a trifecta of helpers.

Kailee Peppler, Haley Kicia, Brooklyn Anderson, Jasper Desmarais and Tobi Fontaine also scored for the visitors, who received a 21-save performance from Scout Anderson.

Ava Metzger had a goal and two assists for the Prairie Fire, who are in fourth place in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings with a 3-3 mark ahead of a road game Wednesday against the 6-1 Regina Rebels.

Kyle Bear, Megan Hayhurst and Kailey Ottenbreit also scored for the hosts, while Janae Neufeld turned aside 23 shots.

Despite outshooting the Prairie Fire by a 47-28 margin Saturday, the Bears came out on the wrong end of the scoresheet as Melville netminder Cheyenne Jamieson made 45 saves.

Jordyn Bear had a goal and an assist each for the Prairie Fire, while Ottenbreit dished out a pair of helpers.

Heather Fiske and Anica Gauthier also scored in the triumph.

Soyko and Heidt countered for the Bears, who split goaltending duties during the contest.
Lexi Beuker got the start and turned aside 10 shots, while Anderson made 15 saves in the second half.

Thanks to their win on Sunday, which ended a three game losing streak, the Bears improved their record to 5-3 and find themselves in third place in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings.

They will be concluding an eight-game road swing this weekend against the Saskatoon Stars at Merlis Belsher Place, before finally returning home on Nov. 24 and 25 when they’ll welcome the Swift Current Wildcats to the Art Hauser Centre.