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Jun 19, 2009, 9:20 am

2009 Esso Cup National Female Midget Champions

Westman Wildcat 2009-2010 Information Package

The Westman Wildcat Female Midget Hockey Program offers elite level Midget aged players in the Westman region the opportunity to compete against and with the highest level female players in North America.



This not only allows the athlete the chance to develop her hockey skills and knowledge of the game but also will give her the opportunity to show case her talents to Universities and Colleges from both Canada and the United States on a competitive team.

Player development is promoted through a positive approach through learning.   A “TEAM FIRST” attitude is fostered at all times. Players, coaches, management and parents are all part of the organization working to help each player achieve individual and team goals.

Team based out of Hartney, Manitoba

Season September 6, 2009---April  2010

Tentative Practices Sunday 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday and Thursday 8:30pm-10:00pm


Schedule (to date)

Sept 4-6  Wildcat Tryout Camp @ Souris

12-13  ACT Weekend and Wildcat Team Building Camp

25-27 Ice Palace Cup @ Grand Forks, Mn

Oct 3-4 Balmoral Hall Series @ Winnipeg

9-11 Minnesota Crunch Showcase @ Grand Rapids, Mn

16-18 Wildcats Annual Fall Classic @ Hartney

23-25 University Wisconsin Superior/ Minnesota Crunch Series @ Superior, Wi

Nov 13-15 Kyle tournament @ Klye Sk

26-29 Thoroughbreds Thanksgiving Classic @ St Paul, Mn

Dec 10-13 Notre Dame Hounds Showcase @ Wilcox,Sk

19-20 Wildcats & Alumni Banner Raising Weekend @ Hartney

25-31 Mac's International @ Calgary

Jan 15-16 Shattucks @ Hartney

22-23 Balmoral Hall Series @ Hartney

29-31 Saskatoon Stars Showcase @ Saskatoon, Sk

Feb 5-7 Shattuck Series @ Faribault,

12-14 Minnesota Crunch Series @ Hartney

26-28 Westman South Female Hockey Jamboree @ Hartney

Mar 5-7 Provincials @ TBA


Cost per player                                 $1750.00 Registration                                                                                 

                                                            Sept 6              Track Suit       $125.00

5 Postdated Cheques required      Sept 6              $500.00

                                                            Nov 6               $500.00

                                                            Dec 6               $250.00

                                                            Jan 6               $250.00

                                                            Feb 6               $250.00  


Cost covers sweaters, all player hotels, all ice costs, (Team tries to stay in hotels with continental breakfasts) and bus for players to Wisconsin, Shattuck’s, Saskatoon, Minneapolis. All transportation in Calgary while at the Mac’s.   Parents are welcome to travel on the bus at the cost of $50 per person

Attendance at all practices, games and team events is mandatory for all players.

Contact with team (players and parents) is done thru e-mail and text messages only.


Schedules, stats, tournaments, links, team news stories are covered by all local media as well.


Tryouts are scheduled for September 4, 5, 6 at the Souris & Glenwood Memorial Complex in Souris.    All players  within the Westman South region are encouraged to tryout.


Friday, September 4                                    7:30- 9:30pm                                                   

Saturday, September 5                                5:00-7:00pm

Sunday, September 6                                 4:00-6:00pm


Camp Registration is available online at www.westmanwildcats.com

Click on the camp registration on left hand side

$50.00 tryout fee (payable to Hartney Junior Sports)

Hartney Junior Sports

C/0 Todd Ardron

Box 131

Hartney, MB              R0M 0X0

Registration deadline is August 31, 2009

The following is a Statement of Philosophy relating to the Male AAA Midget Southwest Cougars and the Female AA Midget Westman Wildcats.


1. To provide an environment that will give elite-level players a chance to grow and improve his/her skills and to compete at the highest level possible.


2.   To provide a coaching staff that is qualified and dedicated to exposing and teaching players the skills and concepts expected from a high-caliber player.


3.   To provide outstanding management and support personnel that will operate the team as close to professional standards as possible.


4.   To ice the most competitive team possible consisting of players dedicated to personal and team excellence regardless of where they may live within the region.  


5. To promote male/female hockey within the Southwest region so as to foster development and growth in the game.



Teams will be rostered - as per Hockey Manitoba Regulations – as Stand-Alone teams.

To tryout for either team a player must reside in the region.   Residency will be based on Hockey Canada Residency Regulations.

Not all players that try out will be selected to the Regional roster.   The team is under no obligation to fill their roster.

Players will only be accepted from out-of-region if they have a transfer from another region in place and there is room on the roster for that player


May 31, 2009, 8:03 am

                             Wildcat Tryout Camp Set


The Westman Wildcat 2009-2010 Camp will take place on the Long weekend in September in Souris.

The Camp will begin Friday Sept 4th and run through Saturday concluding with the final scrimmage and the selection of the team on Sunday evening.

The camp is open to any players that reside in the Westman South region.

Initial letters have already been sent out and a follow up information package will come out later in the summer.

Registration for the camp can be done online and the deadline to register is August 31st.
A preliminary Wildcat schedule can be seen by clicking on Calendar on the left and going to each month.


May 19, 2009, 9:12 am
Westman Wildcats Maxwell Commits to the UPEI Panthers

The Westman Wildcats regional female midget hockey team is proud to announce that Defenseman,    Danielle Maxwell, has committed to the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.

Maxwell, a senior from Lake Frances, will suit up for the UPEI Panthers this season. The Panther play in the Atlantic University Sport division of the CIS.

Maxwell is the sixth Senior from the Wildcats going on to play College hockey this fall following Brittany Phillips to Colgate, Tara Lacquette and Amy Lee to the U of M Bisons, JD Durnin to U of Lethbridge and Laura Williams to NAIT.

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.


Apr 25, 2009, 10:10 pm

Apr 19, 2009, 7:52 am

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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.

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