The Norman Wild of the Manitoba Female AAA Midget hockey league made their 2012-13 season debut on Thompson ice Oct. 27-28, falling 13-0 and 8-2 to the Pembina Valley Hawks at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena to fall to 0-7 on the season.
The Hawks came out flying in the first period on Saturday afternoon, opening the scoring less than five minutes into the game and peppering Wild goaltender Kimberly Kobar with 19 shots in the first period, five of which found the back of the net, including two in the last two minutes, while the Wild could only manage three shots on Kristen Hunt in the Pembina Valley net.
The shot total was even more lopsided in the middle frame, with the Hawks pounding 24 pucks on Kobar, beating her three times, while Norman was unable to get any of their four shots past Hunt.
Pembina Valley poured it on in the third, directing 30 more shots on the Wild net and scoring five more goals, while the Wild managed just three against Hunt, who made 10 saves for her first shutout of the season.
Cassidy Carels and Lauryn Keen were the top snipers for Pembina Valley, both recording hat tricks in the game, while Keen also added four assists, the second-highest total on her team behind Kelsey Conrad, who set up five of her team’s goals.
Sunday’s game started better on the scoreboard for Norman, as Brucina Poker of Norway House got the Wild’s first goal of the weekend. The home team still trailed after 20 minutes, however, as Norman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy was beaten three times on 30 shots. The Wild put eight pucks on Hunt in the opening 20 minutes.
Marlee Clarkson of the Hawks extended the lead to three before the second period was five minutes old, burying a centring feed from the slot for the third of four goals she would score in the game. Pembina Valley added two more before the Wild got their second goal, which was jammed behind Hunt to end a goalmouth scramble in the Pembina Valley zone. Through 40 minutes, Dowhy faced 57 shots, while the Wild had already outdone the previous day’s total by putting 15 pucks on the Hawks’ net.
Carels got her second of the game just 27 seconds into the final period, making it a 7-2 game when she tipped the puck past Dowhy. Clarkson closed the scoring just 34 seconds later when she backhanded a rebound past Dowhy, who finished the game with an astounding 74 saves on 82 shots, as Pembina Valley more than quadrupled the number of shots taken by the Wild, who finished with 18 on Hunt.
Ranelle McKinnon and Ashley Murphy had one assist each for the Wild, who are back in Thompson Nov. 3-4 when they take on the Eastman Selects. The Wild play four more games in Thompson later in the season, two against the Central Plains Capitals in January and two more versus the Winnipeg Avros in February.