The female Midget AAA playoffs start this weekend for the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats with a trip to Saskatoon to face the Stars.

Saskatoon finished 31 points ahead of Swift Current in the standings, and Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely knows the Stars have a lot of firepower: "They can put up a lot of goals in a hockey game, and their power play is extremely good, so being disciplined will be big part of the matchup, and making sure we don't take careless penalties, and we have to be sound defensively."

Pavely notes the Wildcats have improved their defensive play tremendously over the final month of their season, adding for a team that has had trouble scoring this season, they have 17 goals in their last 5 regular season and exhibition games.

Game one goes tonight in Saskatoon and game two is Monday night at the Fairview Arenas.

The Home Hardware Legionnaires also kick off their playoffs today in Prince Albert, as they face the top-ranked Mintos in the first round. Game two of the best-of-five series is tomorrow at 3:30 from the Credit Union iplex.

The Kabos Bantam Raiders host Weyburn in game two of their first-round playoff series, after dropping game one 3-2 earlier this week. Face-off is at 5:15 this afternoon from the iplex.

The K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes still have some regular season games left to play, and will hit the road to take on Regina Wild today, and Lumsden/Bethune Lions tomorrow. They wrap up the regular schedule Thursday at home against the Regina Flames.

In Whitemud senior playoff hockey, Leader beat Gull Lake 3-1 in game one of the best of five semi-final, with game two in Leader tonight. Meanwhile, the Shaunavon Badgers moved on to the third round of provincials, after Midale forfeited the second game of their series. The Badgers' next opponent has not yet been determined.