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.