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Midget Mavericks gearing up for provincial semifinal

Two-game sweep over South East sends Moose Jaw into second round against Regina Renegades, series begins Tuesday at Bert Hunt
The Moose Jaw Mavericks have one series under their belts in the Saskatchewan Hockey Association Midget A female provincial playoffs.

They’re hoping the next one goes just as smoothly – and lands them comfortably in the provincial championship series.

The second-seeded Mavericks rolled to 4-1 and 7-3 victories over the South East Goldwings in their first-round playoff series late last month, and as a result will now face the third-place Regina Renegades for the right to advance to face either the top-seed East Central Fillies or fourth-place Prairie Storm Thunder for provincial gold.

The Mavericks finished the regular season with a 14-2-0 record but took a little time getting things going in their opening quarter-final contest against South East on Feb. 21.

Eowyn Stokes scored the lone early goal for the Moose Jaw in the second period of that contest, with things tied 1-1 heading into the final frame, but goals from Brooklyn Nimegeers, Taylor Luciak and Lindsay Daniel in the third would secure the win.

Schay Camphaug made 18 saves in the contest.

There were no late-game dramatics in the deciding contest of the best-of-three series on Feb. 23.

Daniel, Nikita Halyk and Kaelyn Logan all scored in the game’s opening six minutes, Stokes added their fourth goal before the period was out and it was all but academic from there.

Taryn Sandbeck made it 5-0 three minutes into the second before Nimegeers and Dusomme added insurance markers in the third.
Nimegeers added three assists, Halyk and Logan had a pair of helpers each.

Sydnee Christmann had a 24-save showing in the Mavericks goal.

The semifinal series against the Renegades begins on Tuesday, Mar. 3, with the Mavericks the prohibitive favourites against their big-city opponents, who put together an 8-6-2 record in the regular season.

That included a 5-2 Mavericks win on Nov. 13 and 8-2 Moose Jaw win on Nov. 30.

Game 2 of the series goes on Friday, Mar. 6 in Regina, the deciding game of the best-of-three series, if necessary, with take place on Sunday, Mar. 8 at 1:15 p.m. at the Bert Hunt.

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