The Polar Ice were determined to re-write the script of last years playoff series which saw them get swept by the Northern Stars. They made good to ensure that was not going to happen again. After a back and forth start, Sarah Hnytka opened the scoring depositing a wonderful feed from Alicia Prociuk past the outstretched Roxane Desrochers to give the Polar Ice a brief 1-0 lead. Kristen Early responded for the Stars with a laser just inside the blue-line which eluded a bunch of bodies in front of the net including goaltender Stephanie Caryk to find the back of the goal to even the game at 1 at 8:57.
The Ice would score two quick goals in the moments that followed Laurissa Kostiw finished off a pass from Mackenzie Henley and Madison Dreger for the 2-1 lead. Sarah Hnytka deposited her second of the period moments later with Alicia Prociuk gaining her second assist of the period giving the Polar Ice a 3-1 lead after the first period.
The Northern Stars had chances to convert in the second period but were unable to finish as they could not get any bounces to go their way especially late in the period , as the Ice took a 40 minute lead of 3-1 to the dressing room. The Ice were able to fend off and early charge before getting goals from Kristen Timmermann and defensemen Hailey Cromie to salt the game away with a 5-1 lead which ended up being the final.
The Polar Ice went 0 for 1 on the power-play, while the Northern Stars went 0 for 2.
Roxane Desrochers took the hard-luck loss stopping 16 of 21 of defeat, while Stephanie Caryk was steady when called upon, stopping 25 of 26 while picking up the win.
Game 2 of the series will be played on Saturday March 10th and can be heard on MIKE FM Extra with voice of the MWJHL Michael Gerl beginning at 5:45 pm.