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Apr 27, 2009, 8:14 am
Scarborough Sharks  2 -  Westman Wildcats  5


by Derek Kelly Neumeier

The Westman Wildcats are the first ever national female Midget champions after defeating the Scarborough Sharks 5-2 on Saturday afternoon in the gold medal game of the inaugural Esso Cup.

LISTEN ! Westman head coach, Dwight Pollock, gives his thoughts on the game
LISTEN ! : Scarborough head coach, Dave Gwyn, gives his thoughts on the game

Both teams played with all their heart in the final game of the tournament but the Manitoba champion and now national champion Wildcats proved to be the stronger of the two, playing their best game yet as they controlled
the majority of the momentum and edged the Sharks 41-30 in shots.

Jenna-Marie Durnin led the way offensively for Westman, scoring two goals and adding one assist. Brandi Pollock and also added to the scoresheet, picking up a goal and two assists.

The gold medal contest started out evenly with both teams coming out hard and exchanging scoring chances. Durnin capitalized first for the Wildcats, snapping a quick wrist shot from the left circle that rang off the far post and in past Sharks goaltender Marissa Kozovski at 8:21.

Scarborough came back strong, as forward Caitlin Mancini took a pass in the slot from behind the net and beat Westman netminder Tara Lacquette, tying the game at 1-1.

The second period started off with a bang. After the Sharks were whistled for a penalty a mere seven seconds into the middle frame the Wildcats' Amy Lee capitalized immediately, scoring 29 seconds later and only 36 seconds
into the period.

The Sharks were again quick to respond, as Erin Weston skated down the left wing and fired a cannon of a shot that blew past Lacquette 18 seconds after Lee's marker, the second goal within the first minute of the period.

Instead of keeping the pressure applied the Sharks instead got into penalty trouble, making three trips to the sin bin in the next two minutes. This proved to be the turning point of the game as Westman took all of the momentum and never looked back, taking full control of what had previously been an evenly-matched game.

They grabbed their third lead of the game midway through the second once again thanks to Durnin, as a shot from linemate Brittany Phillips pinballed through a sea of bodies before landing on her stick. She made no mistake on the chance, scoring at 10:07 to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

Scarborough tried to mount a comeback in the third but was unable to get the flow of the game back in their favour. Westman proved to be too much to handle as it scored two more goals in the third, wrapping up the gold medal.


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Apr 14, 2009, 3:38 pm

April 14, 2009


The games are done, the bags are packed and the hotel rooms are booked -the Road to the Esso Cup has just five teams remaining on it. Come April 25, one of these teams will be the last one standing at Max Bell Centre as the first-ever national female Midget champions.


» 2009 Esso Cup


Unlike most national championship hosts, the Calgary Flyers didn't know when the season began they would be playing for the Esso Cup -they had to beat out two other Calgary-based Midget teams in the AMMFHL playoffs to earn the host berth. The Flyers were the class of the AMMFHL during the regular season, leading the league in points, goals for and goals against, scoring 25 goals more than any other team and averaging close to five goals per game. Brittany Styner led the way offensively, finishing second in league scoring and earning the AMMFHL Top Forward award after averaging more than a point-and-a-half per game. With their 24-6-2 record earning them top spot in the South Division, the Flyers waited patiently while the Calgary Bruins eliminated the Calgary Chaos in the opening round of the playoffs, leaving the Flyers and Bruins as the last teams standing in the race for the Esso Cup host berth. With the Flyers on the brink of victory in the best-of-five series, captain Erin Lally did the work in Game 3, scoring the game-tying goal and the overtime winner as the Flyers locked up a spot in the national championship. After squeaking by the Highwood Raiders in the South Division final the Flyers faced the Edmonton Thunder for AMMFHL bragging rights. After a Game 1 win on home ice the Flyers failed to find the win column again, falling in four games.


The Edmonton Thunder always seemed to pick the best times to play its best hockey, and as a result it will play for Canada's National Female Midget Championship. The Thunder played three series during the AMMFHL playoffs, lost the first game in all three, faced elimination four times and yet still came out as league champions and, eventually, regional champions. Edmonton lost a tight race for the AMMFHL's North Division crown during the regular season, finishing just three points behind the Sherwood Park Fury. Brittany Esposito claimed the league's scoring title with 67 points and the league's Top Forward award. After earning a first-round bye, the Thunder eliminated the pesky Lloydminster Steelers in a five-game quarter-final series and won three in a row, the last on the road, to top the Fury. A series-opening loss to the 2009 Esso Cup hosts from Calgary in the AMMFHL final put Edmonton in a familiar 1-0 hole, but three consecutive wins, the last a double-overtime thriller on home ice, gave the Thunder the league crown and sent it to the Pacific Regional, with the B.C. champion Vancouver Fusion making the trip to the Alberta capital. Two third-period goals gave Edmonton a tight win in Game 1, and the Thunder booked its trip down Highway 2 for the Esso Cup with another 2-0 win in Game 2, giving the AMMFHL a pair of teams playing for the national championship.


The Northern Stars enter the 2009 Esso Cup as arguably the hottest women's Midget team in the country, unbeaten in 12 games dating back to the final weeks of the New Brunswick Female Midget AAA Hockey League schedule. The Stars led the way during the NBFMAAAHL season, leading the league in goals for and goals against while fashioning the best record in the four-team loop. Julie Breau, Christina Kelly and Kim Deschênes were the offensive leaders, all finishing in the top ten in league scoring, led by Breau. Northern was undoubtedly the best team at the New Brunswick provincials, routing the Metro-Moncton Ricoh Rockets in the championship game to book a spot at the Atlantic championship in Glace Bay, N.S. The round robin of the regional championship was all about Deschênes, as she scored five times in a tournament-opening win over Cape Breton and added hat tricks in wins over Western and Metro Boston Pizza. Northern finished a perfect 4-0 in the round robin in Glace Bay, setting up a match-up with Metro with a berth in the National Female Midget Championship on the line. Deschênes and Alyssa Sherrard had a goal and an assist each in the first period as the Stars jumped out to an early lead, and Karine Roy's goal in the final minute of the second period stood up as the winner as Northern earned the Atlantic berth at the 2009 Esso Cup with a 3-2 victory over the N.S. champs.


The Scarborough Sharks did it the hard way, rebounding from an opening-game loss at the OWHA provincial championship to earn Ontario's berth at the 2009 Esso Cup. The offence was led by Annie Shapero, who averaged almost a point a game in 80 games across all competitions, Kaitlyn Keon, the grand-daughter of Hall of Famer Dave Keon, and Justine Coll, who combined for 188 points. The road to the 2009 Esso Cup got off to a rocky start, as the Sharks suffered a 3-2 loss to the Saugeen-Maitland Lightning in the Group E opener. But Scarborough did not allow another goal in the round robin, scoring shutout wins over Kanata and Orillia, earning second place in the group and a spot in the qualifying round. The Sharks faced the host Etobicoke Dolphins in the qualifying round and earned a tight 2-1 victory to send them to the quarter-finals, where they topped the Waterloo Ravens 1-0 in four overtimes. Another overtime win, this time 2-1 over the Sudbury Lady Wolves in the semifinal, meant the Sharks were just one victory away from a cross-country trip to Calgary and the chance to play for the National Female Midget Championship, with only the Whitby Wolves in their way. Despite finishing behind the Wolves in league play and losing in league playoffs, Scarborough topped Whitby 2-1 in another overtime thriller, clinching provincial gold and a spot in the 2009 Esso Cup.


Playing a schedule consisting mainly of tournaments and exhibition games, the Westman Wildcats peaked at the right time, winning the Manitoba provincials and sweeping their way through the West Regional and into the 2009 Esso Cup. Overall, Westman earned 38 wins in 55 games, taking on opponents from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the United States, outscoring its opponents 211-96. The offence was led by captain Brittany Phillips, who racked up 79 points in just 44 games. Silver medalists at the 2008 Manitoba provincials, the Wildcats were out to take that last step up the podium as they hosted the 2009 provincial tournament at their home rink in Hartney. After posting a 1-0-1 record in round-robin play, the Wildcats scored a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Marauders and a 3-1 victory over Pembina Valley to advance to the gold medal game and set up a rematch with the Winnipeg Rangers, the same team that had topped Westman one year earlier with gold on the line. This time, though, it would be the Wildcats who would come out victorious, hammering the Rangers 5-0. The Prince Albert Bears, champions of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, made the trip east for the best-of-three West Regional, where the Wildcats continued their home ice dominance, sweeping aside the Bears in two straight to advance to Calgary

Apr 5, 2009, 3:01 am

Wildcats Win West Title

The Westman Wildcats are on their way to the Esso Cup.

The Wildcats downed the Prince Albert A & W Bears 2-1 Saturday night to sweep the Best-of-Three Western Canadian Female Midget Championship Series 2-0.

Brigette Lacquette scored both goals for the Wildcats while Tara Lacquette stopped 22 shots in the Westman net.

The Wildcats will now represent the West at the inaugural National Female Midget Hockey Championship in Calgary from April 19th to 25th.

Apr 3, 2009, 11:32 pm

Wildcats take Game One 5-2 over Bears

The Westman Wildcats beat the Prince Albert A&W Bears 5-2 in the first game of the best of three Western Series.

The two teams played a scoreless tight first period with the shots being 5-3 in favour of the Cats.

The Wildcats got on the board first in the second and tallied three goals before P.A. responded with one of their own.

Brigette Lacquette scored twice while Brittany Phillips added a single.

Chelsey Sundby scored the Bears marker.  Westman outshot the Bears 11-3 in the second.

Prince Albert brought the score to three-two early in the third with a goal by Carlee Hrenkiw.

The Wildcats replied with two in the third by Amy Lee. Prince Albert outshot the Cats in the third ten- eight.

Game two is at 7:00 Saturday at the Hartney Arena.

Mar 30, 2009, 7:57 am
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Western Regionals Schedule

The Prince Albert A&W Bears will meet the Westman Wildcats in Regionals next weekend in Hartney, Manitoba. The Best of three series schedule is as followed:

Friday, April 3rd @ 7:00pm

Saturday, April 4th @ 7:00pm

Sunday, April 5th @ 1:00pm (if needed)...


Mar 29, 2009, 7:23 am

Wildcats to Meet Prince Albert Bears in Westerns

The Westman Wildcats will host the Saskatchewan AAA League Champions, The Prince Albert Bears, in the Westerns for a berth in the Esso Cup Nationals.

The best of three series will begin Friday, April 3rd in Hartney, with puck drop at 7:00pm. Game 2 will be Saturday at 7:00 and game three if needed will be Sunday at 1:00, all at the Hartney Arena.

The winner of this series will advance to the first ever Esso Cup in Calgary April 15th-25th.

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