The defending league champion Silvertips are on the ropes in their best of 3- Semi Final series, Bailey Grantham had the games first two goals (one shorthanded) and capped off the outburst by completing the hat-trick pacing her team to an 8-2 win over the defending champions.
Granthams first two goals came at 6:51 and 1:06 of the opening period, were only two of the goals that helped the Western Predators race out to a 5-0 lead Paige Collins, Kelsey Conrad, and Natasha Esquivel completed the un-answered goal run for the Predators.
Brooke-Lyn Riley gave the Silvertips some life cutting the lead to 5-1 at 17:57 of the third period, just when it felt like the Silvertips would gain some momentum the Predators got un-answered goals from Leah Hicks, Julia Ortiz and the hat-trick marker from Bailey Grantham to storm out a commanding 8-1 lead.
Autumn DeGraeve capped off the scoring on the night with a goal with 9 seconds left converting a feed from Hope Anderson. Both teams finished the night 0 for 4 on the power-play while the Predators had a short-handed goal.
Sara Cusack took the loss stopping 13 of 17 for the Silvertips in only 28 minutes of action, Lorice Pilling came in and played the remaining 32 minutes for a second appearance of the post-season. She allowed 4 goals on 20 shots in her time in relief.
Michelle Kerdes went the distance for the Western Predators stopping 17 of 19 shots.
Game 2 of the series goes on Saturday March 10th and can be heard on MIKE FM Extra at approximately 8:15 pm with the voice of the MWJHL Michael Gerl