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Wildcats open season with sweep of Cougars

Shannon Hall posted two assists as Kootenay dumped the Cougars.

By Bruce Fuhr,
The Nelson Daily Sports

A 13-plus hour bus ride definitely didn’t have any affect on the Kootenay Wildcats as the squad posted a weekend sweep of the Prince George Cougars in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League action last weekend in Northern B.C.

The Cats knocked off Prince George Cougars 4-1 and 2-1 to jump out to the early league in league standings.

“Both games were very spirited high tempo affairs,” said Kootenay head coach Mario DiBella. “Our team played well, worked hard and showed tremendous discipline with a PG team that were (very) physical.”

After thumping the Cougars in an exhibition game 7-4, the teams got down to business.

Team B.C. players Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy each scored twice to lead Kootenay to the victory in game one. Shannon Hall of Rock Creek added two assists for Kootenay. The Wildcats held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0.

Brianne Burns was outstanding for Kootenay in goal, including stopping a penalty shot in the second period.

In game two, Jordyn Lee of Cranbrook opened the scoring before the Cougars tied the game.

Oddy scored the winner in the third, converting her own rebound following a breakaway.

“The Prince George (goal)tender played brilliant in both games as did Brianne Burns for us, who was exceptional as well,” said DiBella, adding Kootenay dominated the play against the Cougars.

The Wildcats return to action next weekend when Vancouver Fusion travels to Nelson for a two-game set.

Game one of the two-game set against Vancouver Fusion goes Saturday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena. Game two is slated for Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m.

OVERTIME: The Wildcats play host to the first mini-tournament weekend October 23-24 at the NDCC and Civic Centre Arenas. All teams in the league will be in Nelson for the weekend. Kootenay plays Fraser Valley Phantom, Okanagan Rockets and Prince George.