The Tri-Port Midget Wild continued to score goals and win important games, this time at home against the very tough Sooke Thunderbirds.
The Wild and the Thunderbirds had a date on Saturday afternoon at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy, and it was sniper Bree-Anna Henderson who wasted no time putting the puck in the net and getting the Wild on the scoreboard at 14:32 of the first period.
The Thunderbirds answered back in the second period, scoring at 11:58 to tie it up.
Madison Van Will took over from there, scoring with 5:43 left in the second period to give the Wild the lead back 2-1, with assists coming from Mandy Foldy and captain Kerrigan Sharpe.
Henderson found the net for the second time in the third period at 13:50 to give the Wild a two-goal lead, but the Thunderbirds responded with a goal of their own 20 seconds later, cutting the Wild’s lead to one.
Taylor Ranger then got the pass from Henderson with 9:28 left and buried the puck in the net.
The Thunderbirds added one more goal at 7:12 to bring them within one, but the Wild’s Jessica Wadhams picked up an insurance goal with 1:13 left on the clock to give them a solid 5-3 win.
The rematch was held at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy, and this game was even closer than the last.
The Wild again got out to an early lead, this time thanks to Kaitlyn Wilson jamming a loose puck in front of the net past the Thunderbirds’ goalie.
The Thunderbirds managed to tie the game up with goal at 7:49 of the second period, but the Wild weren’t ready to quit and go home just yet.
Wilson netted her second goal of the game at 13:51 of the third period, skating in from the side and shooting top shelf.
The Thunderbirds tried to pressure the Wild in their zone while looking for the tying goal, but Wadhams got the pass from Mackenzie Murgatroyd and again picked up an insurance goal, crashing the net and banging in her own rebound to claim a well-earned 3-1 victory.
The Wild had a quiet start to their season, going 1-2-1 before suddenly coming alive, turning the corner and picking up four straight wins to bring their league record to a very respectable 5-2-1.
The Wild’s next home game is Jan. 13 in Port Alice against the Nanaimo Clippers.
Come on out and cheer on the Wild as they look to continue their winning streak in the new year!