The Moose Jaw Carpet One U13 A Mavericks will be heading into December on a winning note and undoubtedly with hopes for a couple more wins before the calendar turns over.
The Mavericks won their final game of November on Thursday night, as a big second period saw the local crew take a 4-3 victory over the Regina Rebels Black in Regina.
Moose Jaw improved to 3-6-1-0 and thanks to a combination of parity and other teams having a ton of games in hand, sit in third place in the Sask Female Hockey League South Division.
The Mavericks are a point back of the Swift Current Colts for second and two up on the Southwest Cyclones for third, with both of those teams having only six games on their ledger.
It wasn’t the best of starts for the Mavericks against the Rebels, as they trailed 2-1 after the first. Things changed after the break, though, as a three-goal second period saw Moose Jaw take a one-goal lead and a scoreless third gave the Mavericks their 4-3 win.
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Moose Jaw’s Jadyn Babich is currently fifth in league scoring with eight goals and 13 points in eight games, a mere two points back of scoring leader Tivian Foster from Lumsden.
Mavericks defenceman Miley Kleckner is 10th in scoring with 10 goals in 10 games.
Things slow down substantially in league play in December, with the U15 Mavericks having only two games. They travel to Bethune to face the Lynx on Monday, Dec. 18 before playing their final game of 2023 on Friday, Dec. 22 when they host the Regina Rebels White.
Meanwhile, things have been going just swimmingly for their younger counterparts, as the U13 A Mavericks have only lost once in league play this season and hold down first place in the South West Division.
Moose Jaw’s 8-1-0-0 record is good enough for a six-point lead atop the division and trails only unbeaten Warman in the entire 19-team league.
The Mavericks went undefeated through November with five straight wins, but haven’t played a league game since their 3-2 victory over Wood River back on Nov. 19.
All told, it’ll be more than a month away from SFHL action when they host the Swift Current Colts White at the Bert Hunt on Saturday, Dec. 23 in their only game of the month.
High-scoring forward Madeline Hopkinson has picked up right where she left off last season, with 18 goals and 26 points through nine games to sit second in league scoring. Her 18 goals are tied for the league lead with scoring leader Micah Franko from Warman and Lumsden/Bethune’s Gwen Martin.
Taya Babich is also off to a great start with five goals and 12 points in six games.
You can follow along with all the scores and stats from the season at www.saskfhl.ca.