The Warman Bantam AA Wildcats recently took two out of three games at home, while playing on three consecutive days.
Warman earned a 4-2 victory on November 2 and the following day the Wildcats defeated the Notre Dame Hounds 10-2. However, Warman couldn’t complete the trifecta and fell 5-3 to the Weyburn Whitecap Wings on November 4. All of the games were played at the Legends Centre.
In the matchup against Notre Dame, the Wildcats scored three goals in the first period to gain the early momentum.
Wildcats coach Ryan McDonald was impressed with the way the Wildcats had their metaphoric work boots on to start the game, which lead to the team’s overall success.
“We were skating hard, in their face, and eliminating their time and space on the ice. Whenever you do that, whatever kind of calibre team, it makes things a lot tougher on them,” McDonald said. “So I give the boys a lot of credit, they played really hard out there.”
In the next two periods, Warman scored a combined seven goals and the Wildcats definitely put their stamp on the game.
Warman led from start and finish, and what contributed to that success was the team played hard in every period.
“As a group we always talk about lets reset for the next period. Whether we’re up three, down three, or tied. The next period we’re going out like it’s 0-0, making sure that we give our best effort,” McDonald said.
In a game where a team is leading by a large amount of goals, McDonald said bad habits can creep in for the players, but the Wildcats were able to avoid that.
“They came out and they battled hard. They deserved to score all of those goals and it’s nice to see the kids get rewarded,” he said.
Even though the Wildcats had a stellar game offensively, McDonald thought goaltender Brayden Schenstead also contributed to the win in a big way.
“He played well in net and kind of was our brick wall,” McDonald said. “He had a tremendous game and made some big saves.”
Mesele Klassen and Zach Fahl both recorded a hat rick respectively, while Jordan Normand netted two goals. Kody Norberg and Carter Sachs were the other goal scorers.
“We’ve made a lot of great strides since the start of the season and we’re just going to continue to get better,” McDonald said.
Warman’s next two games are again at the Legends Centre. The Wildcats are matched up against Humboldt on November 17 at 5:30 p.m. and the following day Warman is up against the Regina Aces at 1:30 p.m.
The Wildcats have a 5-2 record so far this season.