The Warman Wildcats Lions took care of business, earning a 6-1 win over Northwest, to advance to the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) Female Peewee A Provincial Playoffs Final.
Warman entered the matchup with 4-1 lead in the two-game, total goals series on March 16 at the Warman Diamond Rodeo Arena.
Going into the game, Warman assistant coach Ryley Anderson said it was important for the Lions to not think about the three goal lead and just focus on the game at hand.
“It’s in the back of your mind, but obviously you don’t want the girls to come in too confident, he said. “So it’s one of those things that you just go in and worry about this game.”
The Lions actually started the contest a little shaky, and Northwest scored within the first three minutes of the opening period to take a 1-0 lead.
“We settled in about the 10-minute mark of the first period and got back to playing our game,” Anderson said.
Kolbee Ashe found the back of the net for the Lions late in the period, and the game was knotted 1-1 going in the middle frame.
The Lions found their groove in the second period which led to three unanswered goals. Bobbi Lightburn, Raelyn Lacoursiere and Addyson McLean were the respective goal scorers.
Warman had a 4-1 lead entering the final period and the Lions kept the foot on the gas, as Ashe and Sydney Forrest both scored.
The Lions now play Weyburn in the provincial final. One the keys of being successful in that two-game, total series is the Lions need to continue to stick together and play as a team, according to Anderson.
“We got a good core of girls. We have a great group, they love being here everyday and that’s a huge part of it,” he said.
The Lions are also in the midst of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) City Playoffs, as Warman is playing a lot of hockey as of late.
Warman will also be competing in the annual March Ice hockey tournament in Saskatoon this upcoming weekend, to add to the Lions’ busy schedule.
“This time of year, if you’re playing lots of hockey that’s a good thing, so we can’t complain,” Anderson said.