Club Record Set, News (Kingston JR Ice Wolves)

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NOVEMBER 5, 2018: SPORTSGATE HOCKEY: The Kingston JR's took their fate into their own hands on Friday night and now stand alone as the Provincial Women's Hockey League's only undefeated team. The JR's ran their franchise-record unbeaten string to nine games — eight wins and a tie — and won for a club record five times in a row as they downed the previously unbeaten Waterloo K-W Rangers 4-2 at the Kitchener Memorial Audiorium.

Kingston has the best points percentage in the league at .944 and moved into what is a second-place tie with the Rangers points-wise, with 17. Waterloo, now at 8-1-1-0 has played one more game than the Ice Wolves, who in turn have played five fewer games than the first-place Nepean Jr. Wildcats (8-3-3-0). Scout Watkins-Southward both started the game's scoring and ended it. She broke a scoreless tie 4:56 into the first period and then capped the scoring at 10:41 of the third period. In between, the teams split four goals. Waterloo's Sophie Gareau tied the game 1-1 at 12:45 of the first period before Darcie Lappan put the Ice Wolves back on top 3:58 into the second. Melanie Young scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:44 of the third, before Gareau netted her second goal of the game 1:29 later. Ice Wolves forward Alexa Hoskin collected a pair of assists, giving her 10 points in her past four games (4G, 6A) and moving her into a tie for the league scoring lead with three other players at 14. She has seven goals and seven assists. Waterloo outshot Kingston 26-21 in the game, with Alexa Gibson gaining her fifth goaltending win of the season for the Ice Wolves, tying her for second place in the league.


On Saturday night, the Kingston Jr's suffered their first loss, but they still have yet to be beaten in regulation time, as their 2-1 loss to the Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes came in overtime.

Then on Sunday, by as narrow a margin as possible,  goaltender Alexa Gibson, after shutting out the Brampton Canadettes, 4-0, moved into the top spot among the league’s netminders in the goals-against average department. Gibson, with her second Provincial Women’s Hockey League shutout of the season, lowered her average to 0.99, just 0.01 in front of both Kayle Osborne of the Ottawa Lady Sens and Emily Davidson of the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins. Gibson stopped 26 shots for her most saves in a game this season, and her sixth win boosted her into a three-way tie for second place, one behind the leader, Michelle Pasiechnyk of the Nepean Jr. Wildcats. The win kept the Ice Wolves (9-0-1-1) tied for second place with Etobicoke (10-2-0-0), one point behind Nepean (9-4-3-0). The Ice Wolves, who are the only team in the 20-team league to have not yet lost in regulation time, have a game in hand on Etobicoke and five on Nepean. Gibson was supported offensively by a consistent offence that generated a single goal in each of the first two periods and a pair, including an empty-netter with no time left on the clock, in the third. Alexa Hoskin scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 11:32 into the first period. It was her team-leading eighth goal of the season. In the second, Madie Stockfish, with her fifth goal of the season, tallied late, while Megan Breen netted her first goal of the season in the fourth minute of the third period and Chihiro Suzuki completed the scoring on a short-handed, empty-net effort at the buzzer. It was Suzuki’s fourth of the campaign, with the assist going to goal-tender Gibson. The Ice Wolves next see action on Friday night when they host the Bluewater Jr. Hawks at 7:30 p.m. at the Invista Centre.