Kootenay Wildcats drop two close ones to Fusion

The Kootenay Wildcats and Vancouver Fusion have had several closely contested games during the last few years of the B.C. Midget AAA female hockey league.

The Kootenay Wildcats and Vancouver Fusion have had several closely contested games during the last few years of the B.C. Midget AAA female hockey league.

And when the two teams collided on Jan. 15 and 16 in Pitt Meadows it was no different.

In a showdown between teams for third in the league standings, the Fusion managed to net four crucial points as they eeked out a pair of 3-2 victories.

In the opening game on Jan. 15, the Wildcats battled back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of third-period goals but it wouldn’t be enough. Hailey McLean and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats, but a Fusion goal midway through the third became the eventual winner.

The following day, Jan. 16, in Coquitlam the Fusion used another 2-0 first-period lead to propel them to a one-goal victory. Katie Yuris and Bonacci supplied the Wildcats’ offence, which sits fourth in the standings.

The Wildcats return to action this weekend when they host the league-leading Thompson-Okanagan Rockets for games in Nelson on Saturday and Sunday.

The Rockets have only lost three of 19 games this season. One of those came at the hands of the Wildcats back in December. They hold a seven-point lead over the Fraser Valley atop the league standings.