Bears take two from Wildcats

Abby Soyko and the Prince Albert Northern Bears swept the weekend series with the Swift Current Wildcats after 4-2 and 3-2 victories over the weekend. -- Herald file photo.

The Prince Albert Northern Bears continued to separate themselves from the SFMAAAHL pack with a pair of wins in Swift Current over the weekend.

The Bears downed the hometown Wildcats 4-2 and 3-2 in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, giving them 24 points on the season. That puts them only three points behind the undefeated, league leading Saskatoon Stars, and 10 points up on the third place Wildcats.

Bears coach Jeff Willoughby said the club came out of the gate hard in both contests, and gave their opponents few opportunities to get back in the game.

“(In) both games we were able to score first, which is a lot of momentum on your side,” Willoughby said. “I think we were able to, a couple of different times, score right after they did, so it was important to keep that momentum as long as we could. The girls stuck to their game plan and we were able to pull out six points.”

Prince Albert netminders Ryan Fontaine and Lexi Beuker combined to stop 51 shots during the two victories. Willoughby credited them and the Bears’ defensive corps for holding the Swift Current shooters in check.

“They gave us a chance to win the hockey game, and that’s all we can really ask of them,” he said. “A lot of the shots were scramble shots too, second and third shots, and they stayed with them.”

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