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Former Wildcat Melissa Hunt Named to WCHA All-Rookie Team
Mar 11, 2016, 8:19 am

From Bemidji State News...

Freshman Melissa Hunt earned her first-ever league award and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. Hunt is just the seventh player from Bemidji State to be named to the rookie team and follows Alexis Joyce who was selected to the team in 2014-15.

The Hartney, Manitoba native played in all 36 games as a blueliner for the Beavers and tallied two points (1g-1a) on the season. Hunt scored the first goal and point of her career on the road, Jan. 22 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Hunt finished third on the team among defensemen and held a +4 rating on the season.

Congratulations, Missy. 

Former Wildcat, Brykaliuk, garners WCHA Award
Mar 11, 2016, 8:17 am

From UMD News...

She was the University of Minnesota Duluth's leading scorer from the first game of the season, and after finishing up the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's playoffs still holding that title, there's little surprise that junior forward Asheligh Brykaliuk landed on the All-WCHA Second Team on Thursday.  

The Brandon, Manitoba product has compiled 47 points in 36 games on 18 goals and 29 assists, which ranks her 11th in the NCAA with a 1.36 points per game average and 12th in assists.  With three game-winning goals and four power play tallies, Brykaliuk posted 14 games with two or more points a skate and netted her 100th career point last weekend --a game-tying goal -- in UMD's series sweep of Bemidji State University.  Brykaliuk also posted a career-long 11-game scoring streak, scoring five goals and adding 14 assists from Nov. 27 until Jan. 22.

Congratulations, Ashley.

Wildcats vs Yellowhead - Game 4
Mar 11, 2016, 8:07 am

The Wildcats season came to a disappointing end on Wednesday night as they fell 4-1 to the Yellowhead Chiefs.  The Wildcats were unable to rebound from a 3-0 lead midway through the 2nd period.  The team fought hard to the end and battled the Chiefs for every inch of ice and hit two posts, one in the 1st period and one in the 3rd period.  Kenzie Robinson picked up the lone Westman goal, assisted be Ashton Bell.

Final shots on net were 24-18 in favour of Westman.  Kaitie Slator stopped 7 of 10 shots on net.  Jenna Marshall stopped all 8 shots she faced.  Each team was assessed 5 minor penalties.

The Wildcats would like to thank all their fans.  We really appreciated the strong support throughout the season.  Good luck to the Chiefs and Capitals as the battle it out for the league championship.

Wildcats vs Yellowhead - Game 3
Mar 6, 2016, 7:58 pm

Mckenna Paddock scored 2 goals, her second coming on the powerplay midway through the 3rd period to lead the Yellowhead Chiefs to a 3-1 victory over the Westman Wildcats on Sunday afternoon in Shoal Lake.  

The Chiefs got out to a 2-0 1st period lead with Paddock's first goal of the game just 3:19 into the period off a goal mouth scramble.  Sam Geekie would extend the lead to 2-0 with 5:31 remaining to make it 2-0. 

Westman would respond near the end of the 2nd period on the powerplay as Katie Crowe scored on a wrist shot from the point to make it 2-1.  Kenzie Robinson picked up the lone assist.

But Paddock's second of the game on the powerplay midway through the 3rd put the game out of reach.

Kaitie Slator suffered the loss in net, stopping 25 of 28 shots.  The Wildcats fired 2-0 shots on the Chiefs net.  Yellowhead took 7 minors to Westman's 6.

Game 4 is Wednesday night at 7:30 PM in Hartney.

Wildcats vs Yellowhead - Game 2
Mar 4, 2016, 10:47 pm

Ashton Bell scored the lone goal at the 17:50 mark of the opening period to lead the Westman Wildcats to a 1-0 victory over the Yellowhead Chiefs in Hartney on Friday night. Bell retrieved the puck behind the net off the cycle from Courtney Ganske, swung out on her forehand and beat the Chiefs goalie on the blocker side to give the Wildcats the lead that they would not relinquish.  The Wildcats outshot the Chiefs 9-7 in the opening period and each team had 2 penalties.

The Wildcats had 3 powerplay opportunities in the 2nd period but were unable to hit the net on some great chances. The Wildcats goalie, Kaitie Slator, had to be sharp as an errant pass by the Wildcats at the end of one of the powerplays led to a clear breakaway that she was able to turn aside.  The Chiefs outshot the Wildcats 6-4 in the period.  Yellowhead had 4 penalties and the Wildcats had one penalty.  

The Wildcats started the 3rd period on the powerplay but were unable to cash in on a couple of chances. Yellowhead subsequently received two powerplay chances of their own as the period progressed. They pressed hard for the equalizer but Slator again stood tall and the Wildcats blocked a number of shot attempts to preserve the victory.  Shots on goal in the 3rd period were 11-3 in favour of Yellowhead. The Wildcats received 3 of 4 minor penalties in the final frame.

Kaitie Slator picked up the shutout victory in net, stopping all 24 shots she faced.

Game 3 of the series is Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM in Shoal Lake with Game 4 slated for Wednesday night at 7:30 PM in Hartney.

Magwood wins major Canada West awards
Mar 3, 2016, 9:22 am

Mar. 02, 2016 Women's Hockey

Jaycee Magwood's big week continued, as the first-year forward was named the Canada West women's hockey Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.

Just two days after receiving second-team all-star and all-rookie honours, the Killarney, Man. product was recognized as the conference's top rookie.

"We were very impressed with Jaycee's rookie season, but we weren't surprised," head coach Sarah Hodges said. "We knew what we were getting as a player, and her transition to the CIS level was seamless."

Magwood led Canada West first-year players in scoring by a wide margin, as her 26 points in 28 games were 10 points more than the second-highest scoring rookie. Magwood started off her Canada West career in style, notching a goal and an assist in her first game before adding two helpers on the following day. Her 11 goals and 15 assists were good for fourth overall in the conference scoring race and second in the CIS amongst rookies, behind only Melodie Bouchard of Ottawa who had 32 points.

"I expect her to keep growing as a player, she's a very hard worker and will be demanding of herself to improve her game," Hodges added. "Obviously she was a big part of our success this season and she'll definitely help build the program moving forward."

Magwood will represent Canada West as nominee for the Rookie of the Year award at the CIS level.



Wildcats vs Yellowhead
Mar 3, 2016, 9:08 am

The Westman Wildcats were defeated 2-0 last night in Gm 1 of their semifinal series againts Yellowhead in Shoal Lake. 

Despite being outshot 12-4, the Wildcats played a solid road game through the 1st period, not allowing the Chiefs any quality scoring chances. Neither team picked up a penalty.

In the 2nd frame, the Wildcats held the territorial edge in play until McKenna Paddock sent a soft writer to the net that hit a Wildcats defender and changed direction, finding its way to the back of the net. That gave the Chiefs a bit of life and they pushed for the two goal lead. They were rewarded when with just under six minutes to play in the period a Chiefs player threw a puck to the net which hit another Chiefs player in the back and bounced straight out to the slot where Sam Geekie fired a shot to the high blocker to make it 2-0. The Chiefs outshot the Wildcats 9-8 in the period. Again, there were no penalties called. 

The Wildcats were unable to generate any quality scoring chances in the 3rd period.  They took the lone penalty and were outshot 6-5. 


Jenna Marshall played solid in suffering the loss in net, stopping 25 of 27 shots. 

Game 2 is Friday night at 7:30 PM in Hartney.

Wildcats vs Avros - Playoffs - Gm 5
Feb 28, 2016, 5:33 pm

Ashton Bell scored a natural hat trick to lead the Westman Wildcats to a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Avros this afternoon in Winnipeg.  

Bell scored with 1:19 remaining in the opening period on a wraparound for the only goal of the period.  Courtney Ganske picked up the lone assist on the play. The Avros outshot Westman 8-7 in the period.  The Wildcats took the lone minor penalty of the period.

Bell would score two more goals in the 2nd period.  The first came off a goal mouth scramble on the powerplay, unassisted, at the 10:40 mark of the period.  Her third goal came three minutes and 40 seconds later as she came off the bench, stole the puck, cut to the middle and scored on a backhand high to the glove hand.  The Wildcats outshot the Avros 10-9 in the period and took two of the three minor penalties in the period.

Katie Crowe sealed the deal on the powerplay with a wristshot at the 12:30 mark of the period to make it 4-0.  Courtney Ganske had the lone assist. The Avros outshot Westman 8-6 in the period and each team picked up a minor penalty.  

Kaitie Slator earned the shutout victory in net stopping all 25 shots she faced.

The Wildcats now move on to face the 1st place Yellowhead Chiefs.  Game one will be Wednesday night, March 2nd at 7:30 PM.

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