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MFMHL Player of the Week ---- Congrats Courtney!
Oct 17, 2014, 8:12 am


Week 2 ending October 5, 2014

Defense Courtney Ganske of the Westman Wildcats is the Selkirk Source for Sports-Reebok MFMHL Player of the Week. Ganske a Grade 11 student from Killarney, MB. playing in her 4th year in the MFMHL was a significant impact player for the Wildcats in their weekend sweep of the Winnipeg Avros.  Ganske had 5 assists on the weekend, 3 in their 4-2 Saturday win before adding 2 more on Sunday in a 3-2 victory.  Ganske who assisted on 5 of the Wildcats 7 goals was also solid on defense playing against the Avros top line and acting as a mentor to her younger teammates in helping the Wildcats jump into 1st place in the league standings. 
Congrats Courtney!

Wildcats Jamboree Receives International Attention
Oct 15, 2014, 7:04 am

Big turnout in Hartney

It’s a girls’ game too in Westman, Manitoba

12.10.2014 (from the IIHF website)




HARTNEY, Canada – It seems only fitting that the Westman Wildcats hosted such a successful event as part of the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend on Saturday.

After all, the team based out of Hartney representing the Westman South region in Southwestern Manitoba, is a premier destination for girls across the region to play elite-level hockey, led by the Wildcats’ Midget AAA squad that won the Esso Cup Canadian national championship back in 2009.

Saturday’s festivities drew a huge turnout, as 77 girls participated in the Wildcats’ Jamboree, as they call it, with the AAA Midget team girls serving as instructors and role models to the younger girls, aged 4-12, that attended.

“They did on-ice sessions with each group,” explained Wildcats manager Penny Hunt. “We had the 9-12 year-olds in the first group and the 4-8 year-olds in the second, and we went on and did some ice skills, and once they were done with that, they went over and did some dryland training, games and whatnot.”

With both the Wildcats’ Bantams and Midget teams playing Saturday night at the Hartney Community Rink, all of the girls attending the session remained for the double-header of games.

The Bantam AAA team played Yellowhead, and then the Midget AAA squad faced off against the Winnipeg Avros in their home opener of the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League, the top AAA girls’ league in the province.

“Then we fed them all a pre-game meal, because our Westman girls played our home opener, and the girls stuck around to watch that game, and they got a t-shirt for participating,” Hunt said. “Our girls signed their shirts, our coaches talked to the girls, letting them know what our program is like, just so they know that there is somewhere for them to play when they get older, and that they can keep growing with their game.”

With the Wildcats representing a tangible goal to shoot for, a possible glimpse into an achievable future, for when they reach the Bantam and Midget age groups, many of the younger girls, the majority of whom already play hockey, were inspired to keep working hard in the sport.

“Some of them are first-time (hockey players), some are former figure skaters that just started to switch over to hockey, and there are quite a few of them that have been playing hockey already and that have been playing mostly with boys,” Hunt said of the 77 girls attending the Jamboree, “so this way they know that there are girls hockey teams around and that they can play on girls’ hockey teams eventually.”

The players on the midget and bantam Wildcats also helped with the promotion of the event, trying to recruit as many girls as possible to participate, and clearly, their efforts paid off by attracting a nice turnout.

“We put posters up,” Hunt said of how the Wildcats got the word out about the Jamboree. “Each girl from our teams took a poster, and there from all over the Westman South area, so they took their posters and covered the area. And of course, it’s also word of mouth, and it was posted on our website.”

Overall, it was a good day for girls’ hockey in Hartney.

JOHN TRANCHINA (from the IIHF website)

Wildcats vs Winnipeg Avros - Oct. 12/14
Oct 12, 2014, 4:43 pm

The Wildcats hosted the Avros for the 2nd time this weekend.  

Both teams played a high tempo, scoreless 1st period. Each goalie was forced to make 8 saves apiece.

The Wildcats got on the board first on a power play goal from Jaycee Magwood.  Assists on the play went to Ashton Bell and Courtney Ganske.  Jossa Danis pushed the lead to 2-0 on a breakaway with Ashton Bell picking up the lone assist on the play.  The Wildcats pushed hard to stretch the lead to 3 but Anna Kulas made several key saves for the Avros.  The Avros clawed back to make it 2-1 late in the period on a 2 on 1 rush.  Shots on goal in the period were 12-6 in favour of Westman.  

The 3rd period saw the Wildcats push the pace of the game and control puck possession, but the Avros managed to score a power play goal on a 4 minute man advantage to tie the game. The Wildcats did not wither and continued to press.  They were rewarded with 3:25 to play at the conclusion of a power play when Missy Hunt scored on a wrist shot from the point.  Ashton Bell and Courtney Ganske picked up the assists.  

That was how the game would end with a 3-2 Wildcats victory.  Shots on goal in the 3rd period were 22-6 in favour of Westman.

Final shots on net were 42-20 in favour of Westman.

Michelle Kerdes picked up the win in net for the Wildcats.


Wildcats vs Winnipeg Avros - Home Opener
Oct 12, 2014, 7:30 am

The Westman Wildcats returned to Hartney and Area Arena last night to host the Winnipeg Avros.  It was a long day for the Wildcats who hosted their annual Girls Hockey Jamboree through the afternoon.  77 girls, aged 4-12 attended the event this year as part of the "World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend" sponsored by the International Ice Hockey Federation, Hockey Canada and Hockey Manitoba.

The Wildcats got out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of back-to-back powerplay goals midway through the 1st period.  Kenzie Robinson scored the first with assists going to Jaedon Cooke and Courtney Ganske.  Jossa Danis scored the second with assists going to Jaycee Magwood and Missy Hunt.  Shots on goal in the period were 9-9.

In the 2nd period the Wildcats extended their lead on a goal from Andrea Sanderson who buried a rebound.  Assists went to Tori Williams and Courtney Ganske. Shots on goal in the period were 10-10.

The 3rd period saw the Avros get on the board for their first marker of the game to make it 3-1.  Ashton Bell responded to make it a 3 goal lead again as she fired home a wrist shot. The lone assist went to Courtney Ganske. The Avros scored late to cut the lead to 4-2 but that was how it would end.  Shots in the period were 9-8 in favour of the Avros.  

Game shot totals were 28-27 in favour of the Avros.

Michelle Kerdes picked up her first league win in net for the Wildcats.

The two teams face off again in Hartney on today, Sunday, October 12th, at 2:00 PM.

Westman Wildcats Jamboree and Home Opener
Oct 10, 2014, 3:19 pm

We have had a great response to our Jamboree and we are looking forward to seeing you all in Hartney on Saturday October 11th.  We have split the registrations into the following groups.  The $40 registration fee can be paid on Saturday and Cheques can be made payable to “Westman Wildcats”   If you have any questions in the meantime feel free to contact Penny Hunt at the above email or Call 204 483-0564


The Westman Wildcats are looking forward to celebrating IIHF World Girls Hockey Day which will be taking place this coming weekend in communities all over the world and provide the chance for females to participate and learn the basic fundamentals of the game while developing their skills in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!
Group 1----  9 to 12 years of age         
12:45 pm                 Registration
1:30 – 2:15 pm        On Ice       
2:30 – 3:30 pm        Games       
3:45 pm                    Snack and Hockey Talk
4:30 pm                     Picture of Bantam & Midget Wildcats with the Jamboree girls
5:00 pm                    Bantam AAA Wildcats vs Yellowhead
8:00 pm                    Westman Wildcats vs Winnipeg Avros
Group 2-----  4 to 8 years of age        
1:30 pm                   Registration
2:15 – 3:00 pm        On Ice       
3:15 – 3:45 pm        Games   
4:00 pm                   Snack and Hockey Talk
4:30 pm                    Picture of Bantam & Midget Wildcats with the Jamboree girls      
5:00 pm                   Bantam AAA Wildcats vs Yellowhead       
8:00 pm                   Westman Wildcats vs Winnipeg Avros

Wildcats vs Pembina Valley
Oct 4, 2014, 6:46 pm

The Westman Wildcats traveled to Morden to face the Pembina Valley Hawks.  This was the first league game of the 2014-15 season for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats got out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Jaycee Magwood, unassisted and Andrea Sanderson (Ashton Bell, Jaycee Magwood). Pembina Valley responded with their first of the game late in the period on a funny hop on the powerplay. Shots on goal in the period were 12-6 in favour of Westman.

There was no scoring in the 2nd period.  Shots on goal were 7-5 in favour of Westman.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 3-1 in the 3rd period when Jossa Danis buried a rebound (Ashton Bell).  Pembina Valley battled back to make it 3-2 as a shot from the point deflected off a Westman player into the corner of the net.  They tied it up on the powerplay with 12 seconds remaining on a goal off the rush.

In the 4 on 4 overtime, the Wildcats had to kill off a powerplay and Jaedon Cooke, coming off the bench to replace the player from the penalty box, picked up a pass from Kenzie Robinson in the neutral zone, beat the PV defenseman to the middle of the ice and fired a wrist shot through the legs of the PV goaltender to secure the victory.

Final shots on net were 33 to 16 in favour of the Wildcats.

Jenna Marshall picked up the victory in net.

Magwood Commits to University of Regina
Oct 2, 2014, 1:35 pm

The Westman Wildcats would like to extend its congratulations to Jaycee Magwood, a 5th year Wildcat from Killarney, MB, who has committed to attend school at, and play hockey with, the University of Regina Cougars in the fall of 2015. She will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Police Studies degree.

Jaycee, a co-captain with the Wildcats both this year and last year, is coming off a season in which she was named MFMHL MVP and 1st Team All Star. In 28 league games last year she had 23 goals, 20 assists for 43 points. Overall, in 75 games last season, Jaycee scored 62 goals and added 44 assist for 106 points. She is a gifted offensive player and a model of character, discipline, and work ethic for her teammates.

The University of Regina is a member of the Canada West Conference of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). The University of Regina is public research university located in Regina, Saskatchewan. It is composed of 10 faculties and one school that offer a variety of programs at the certificate, diploma, undergraduate and graduate degree levels. More than 12,000 students are currently enrolled. 


Westman vs Yellowhead
Sep 28, 2014, 7:58 am

Yellowhead 5 - Westman 1

Yellowhead scored 5 consecutive goals prior to Jaycee Magwood scoring the lone Westman goal.

No shot totals available.

Michelle Kerdes suffered the loss.

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