The Western Predators and Manitoba Gray Owls met in a best of 3- MWJHL Quarterfinal Series last weekend at Bell MTS IcePlex. The Predators took the series 2-1.
In game 1, the Predators used five different goal scorers, including a three goal second period to pull away for the 5-2 win, Alana Mendez, Bailey Grantham, Danielle Roundeau, Kelsey Conad and Paige Collins rounded out the scoring while Jayden Weir and one other scorer replied for the Owls. Both teams finished the night 0 for 2 on the PP. Michelle Kerdes picked up the win for the Preds stopping 8 out of 10 while Mckenna Wild took the loss stopping 41 of 46 in defeat.
Game 2 was much more even on the scoreboard as Mallory Harvey’s power-play goal in the last minute of regulation broke a 2-2 tie as the Gray Owls held on for a nail-biting 3-2 win to even the series at 1 a piece. Jordyn McInnes opened the scoring in the game at 11:02 of the first period, Addison Platt and Natasha Esquivel would pick up the assists. Claire Sandelovich would draw the Owls even before the first period would expire, Emma Leipsic picked up the loan assist at 2:10. As time expired Sydney McElroy would give the Gray Owls a 2-1 lead after one period.
The lone goal in the second would come off the stick of Kelsey Conrad on the power-play, Alana Mendez would pick up the lone helper on the goal sending the game to a 2-2 tie to begin the third.
In the third, Emma Leipsic would receive a boarding major and game misconduct at 10:38. The Gray Owls would kill it off and keep the game even. Penalty trouble would strike for the Predators giving the Gray Owls an extended 5 on 3 advantage. Seconds before action was to return to 5 on 5, Mallory Harvey would deposit the go ahead and winning goal.
Mckenna Wild picked up the win in goal stopping 35 of 37, while Michelle Kerdes stopped 17 of 20 in a hard luck loss.
In Game 3, the Predators would use a tough hard nosed defensive effort to beat the Gray Owls 4-1 and advance to the MWJHL Semi Finals, Leah Hicks, Kelsey Conrad, Danielle Rondeau and Bailey Grantham would score for the Preds while Serena Daniels would score in the final seconds to spoil Michelle Kerdes, shut-out bid.
Kerdes would stop 11 of the 12 shots she would face in victory, while Mckenna Wild would stop 19 of 22 in the loss.