Sportsgate Hockey: March 30, 2019: Elimination wasn't in the cards for the Kingston Jr's on Saturday afternoon as they downed the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 5-2 in Game 4 of their Provincial Women's Hockey League quarter-final. They're hoping to be dealt the same hand on Sunday when the best-of-five series, now deadlocked at 2-2, is decided in Game 5, also at the Invista Centre. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and another standing-room-only crowd is expected after the Ice Wolves set a franchise attendance record of 405 on Saturday, breaking the previous mark of 240 set Friday.
The pennant-winning Ice Wolves never trailed the No. 14 Chiefs on Saturday. Scout Watkins-Southward opened the scoring 5:49 into the game, followed by Tatum White at 9:22. After Mississauga's Sofie Smithson made it a 2-1 game with a short-handed marker 3:33 into the second period, Mae Batherson replied with a power-play goal for the Ice Wolves at 12:16.
The Ice Wolves upped the margin to three goals just 38 seconds into the third on White's second goal of the game, and Megan Breen followed a little less than six minutes later to make the score 5-1. White and Watkins-Southward lead the Ice Wolves with five goals in seven post-season games while White has accumulated 10 points. Kingston outshot Mississauga 31-22 in the game, including 15-8 in the third as the Ice Wolves effectively outplayed the visitors. "We want to utilize our strengths while keeping puck 200 feet from our end and always staying on defensive side of the puck," Ice Wolves head coach Troy Sweet said. "Being disciplined defensively gives us offensive opportunities. "Again, Mississauga’s coach [Jessica Turi] has her team playing very well and they are definitely making it difficult, but fun to be a part of." Alexa Gibson gained the goaltending win, making 20 saves.