Sep 21, 2018 | Sportsgate | 337 views
Kingston Win Home Opener
SPORTSGATE HOCKEY: The Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves’ string of impressive performances in home openers got a little longer on Friday night. The Ice Wolves, with a 3-0 victory over the Southwest Wildcats at the Invista Centre, have never been beaten in their first game on home ice since entering the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in 2012-13
In those seven games, six of which also served as season openers, the Ice Wolves have four wins and three ties.The only season in which Kingston opened on the road, 2016-17, the Ice Wolves lost their first away game, but then turned around seven games later and won their inaugural home game. Friday night, however, marks the first time the Ice Wolves have started the home portion of their schedule with a shutout. Newcomer Alexa Gibson of Toronto, an off-season pickup from the Whitby Wolves, stopped 23 shots to blank the Wildcats. Gibson, a senior, made 18 appearances with the Wolves last season, posting an 8-4-5 won-lost-tied record with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. She will be joined in the crease this season by Emma Gorski, who is entering her third year in the league, the first two of which were spent with the Barrie Sharks. Last season, she when went 5-7-9 with 1.70 GAA and .935 save percentage. The Ice Wolves, who outshot Southwest 49-23 in the game, including 33-12 over the final two periods, got offensive support first from captain Scout Watkins-Southward, who scored the game-winning goal 4:51 into the second period, and then from newcomers Mae Batherson, at 12:14 of the second, and Madie Stockfish, at 4:40 of the third. Batherson, playing in her first season in the league, is a defenceman from New Minas, N.S., while North Bay’s Stockfish played with Barrie last season and picked up 16 pts (7G, 9A) in 36 games. Overall, the Ice Wolves welcome back 10 veterans from last season and have nine newcomers, including three players with previous league experience, on their 19-player roster.The Ice Wolves next hit the ice when they host the Toronto Aeros on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Invista Centre.