The Swift Current Innovation Federal Credit Union U18 AAA Wildcats suffered a 7-1 loss to the Saskatoon Stars in their first game back from the Christmas break Thursday night in the Bridge City.

Halle Duchene and Payton Gabruck started the scoring with two power play goals for Saskatoon to give the Stars a 2-0 lead before Kyla Benjamin replied on the power play with 3:31 left in the opening frame to cut the Wildcats' deficit to 2-1. The Stars then scored five unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes with Duchene picking up three more for a four-goal night. Haley Braun and Madison Buziak also scored for the Stars.

Paige Fischer made 30 saves for Swift Current as the Stars outshot the Wildcats 37-24.

The Wildcats (6-8-1-3) host the Notre Dame Hounds Saturday afternoon at 4:45pm from Innovationplex.