Prince Albert’s Jessica Vance had one of the best seasons for a goaltender in CIS Canada West this year.
Vance, who played her first season for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team after a transfer from the University of Manitoba, registered nine shutouts this season. That’s tied for second in Canada West history, and Vance is the only goaltender that is not a University of Alberta Panda to be in the top five shutouts. Vance was 14-4 in 18 games with nine shutouts, a 0.77 goals against average and a .964 goals against average.
The Huskies, who also feature fellow former Prince Albert Midget AAA Bears in Kaitlin and Morgan Willoughby, finished in second in their conference with an 18-7-1-2 record.
Bears split in Notre Dame
Vance’s old team split with the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox this weekend. The Prince Albert Northern Bears fell 3-1 to the Hounds on Sunday after a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Kassidy Kicia scored the lone goal for the Bears.
The Bears are currently in second place with a 19-5-1-1 record, four points back of the Saskatoon Stars for the top spot in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League standings. The Bears will close out their regular season Saturday and Sunday at the Art Hauser Centre against the Weyburn Gold Wings.
Mintos beat Beardy’s
The Prince Albert Mintos erased a mini, two-game losing streak with an emphatic 4-1 victory over the Beardy’s Blackhawks on the road Sunday. The Mintos maintain their third place ranking in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League with a 30-9-2-1 record, three points up on the Tisdale Trojans.
The Mintos will wrap up their season with two games this week, Thursday against the Battlefords Stars at the Art Hauser Centre and Saturday against the Tisdale Trojans on the road.
The Prince Albert Dairy Queen Chill ended their regular season in second place with a 21-4-2 record in the Centre Four Hockey League. They finished just three points off the pace from the first place Warman Wildcats, who had 46 points to the Chill’s 43.
The Chill were led by Tanner Hendriks, who had 20 goals and 54 points in 25 games played. The Chill await their playoff opponent, after they beat the Martensville Marauders 9-5 on Friday.
In a ‘Klassen’ of his own
On Saturday, the Prince Albert Venice House Pirates beat the Swift Current Kabos 6-1 to end their regular season.
They finished ranked third in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League north standings with a 23-6-2 record. Pirates forward Gabe Klassen leads the league with 52 goals and 89 points. That’s the most points in a single SBAAHL season since Logan Barlage had 125 in the 2015-16 season with the Humboldt Broncos.
The Pirates will have a first round bye for the playoffs. The second round starts on Feb. 20.
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