The Moose Jaw Mavericks appear to have this two-game-total-goal playoff series thing down to a science: win the first game huge and cruise to victory in game two.
It’s worked as well as it possible through the first three rounds of their Bantam Female ‘A’ provincial playoff run and now sees the Mavericks preparing for the provincial final.
The local squad recorded a 6-3 victory over the Regina Cougars in the second game of their South final series Monday night at the Bert Hunt Arena, which, when combined with their earlier 6-1 win in Regina, made for a 12-4 win in the series.
As a result, the Mavericks will now face Saskatoon in the provincial final, with the schedule yet to be determined.
“We’ve played some pretty good teams, but we’ve been pretty strong both offensively and defensively,” said Mavericks coach Mike Botterill. “Obviously the farther we go in the playoffs the tougher it’s going to get so we’re going to have to keep playing as well as we have been.”
Even with their five-goal lead heading into Monday’s game, the Mavericks weren’t about to take things easy against their opponents, and the first period showed precisely why: the two teams came out of the opening frame tied 3-3 and Moose Jaw only held a 4-3 lead through two.
“We had that lead, but we still had to come out strong and couldn’t take them for granted,” said Mavericks captain Crystal Wale, who had a hat trick in the contest including a pair of goals in the third period as Moose Jaw insured their win. “We got the puck around the net and lots of shots on net and I think overall we played a pretty good game.”
See Tuesday’s Times-Herald for more on this story.