Dec 18, 2016 | Sportsgate | 269 views
Best Season to Date
The 2016 portion of the Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves season came to an end on Sunday, and you'd be hard-pressed to find any positive franchise record from previous campaigns that hasn't already surrendered to this edition of the team.
Most points in a season, most wins in a season, longest winning streak, longest points streak, most players scoring at least 10 goals? All shattered — and with a dozen games still left to be played on their Provincial Women's Hockey League slate.The Ice Wolves climbed to 27 points and 11 wins with their 4-1 win over the Etobicoke Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at the Invista Centre. Kingston's previous bests in those two categories were 21 and nine in the 2013-14 season.Earlier in the season, the Ice Wolves won three straight games and went four games in a row (three wins and an overtime loss) collecting at least a point, both for the first time in their five years in the league.On Sunday, Alexa Hoskin and Brianna Gaffney each scored twice, giving them each 11 goals on the season. With Marissa Murphy also at 11, the team boasts three double-figure goal scorers for the first time. And to tie a record, Gaffney (29), Hoskin (20) and Murphy (20) are just the second Ice Wolves trio to collect at least 20 points in a single season, matching Alysha Burriss (32), Shelby Perry (28) and Megan Simpson (23) of the 2012-13 squad.Hoskin scored the game's first goal, 3:43 into the second period, before Gaffney made it a 2-0 game 3:42 into the third. Erika Crouse narrowed the margin to 2-1 at 6:43, but Hoskins gave Kingston some breathing room with an empty-net goal at 18:02. Gaffney, with an empty-netter while the Ice Wolves were short-handed, complete the scoring at 19:08.Gaffney's two goals gave the five-year veteran 39 in her career, and, added to her 46 assists, 85 points in 172 games. She leads the Ice Wolves in all four career categories, along with penalty minutes at 182.Whitney Morton gained the goaltending win for the Ice Wolves, giving her six on the season to tie Jensen Murphy's single-season club record win total set in 2012-13.Kingston, which resumes the 2016-17 season on Jan. 7 in Stoney Creek against the Sabres, sits 10th in league standings with an 11-10-2-3 record, one point behind the Sabres.