Wildcats wrap up regular season

Female Midget AAA team prepares for playoffs in Pitt Meadows

A pair of late goals helped the Kootenay Wildcats to a pair of ties as the team closed out its B.C. female midget AAA hockey in Nelson on the weekend.

Hailey McLean scored with five minutes left on Saturday to lift the Wildcats into a 3-3 draw with the Fraser Valley Phantom.

On Sunday, Christina Bonacci’s goal with about five minutes left in the game allowed the Wildcats to claw out a 2-2 tie with the Phantom.

Bonacci and Aimee DiBella had the other Kootenay goals on Saturday while Kiara Strand had the team’s first marker on Sunday.

The weekend results allowed the Wildcats to move into a third-place tie with the Vancouver Fusion with the Kootenay girls earning the tie-breaker.

That means the Wildcats will be off to Pitt Meadows on March 19 to open a weekend best-of-three series against the Phantom.

In other playoff matchups Prince George will take on the Vancouver Fusion this weekend with the winner facing the first-place Thompson-Okanagan Rockets on March 19.

The winners from the two semifinals will meet for the league title March 26.

The Wildcats posted nine wins and four ties in 27 games this season.

Shea Weighill of Nakusp led the team in scoring with 14 goals and 25 points, which placed her sixth in the league scoring race.