Bouncing back from a tough 5-2 loss to the Melville Prairie Fire on Saturday, the Diamond Energy Female Midget AAA Wildcats earned a 2-1 double-overtime win on Sunday for the weekend split.
"For us, we weren't really worried about winning at this point, we wanted to make sure we had a good effort," said head coach Terry Pavely. "I thought we were the better team all night long. We had a ton of posts, a ton of scoring chances, and they didn't get a lot of scoring chances.
We did a pretty good job of generating offence. Their goalie was dynamite today. Against most teams, that's a 5-1 hockey game, and today we had to work extra to get it, but we did," added Pavely.
Melville took the early lead in the low-scoring affair, as Jordyn Bear tucked one past Amaya Giraudier short-handed just over five minutes in.
That 1-0 lead stuck through to the second half of the second period, when Brynne Doerksen and Kenedee Klevgaard set up Tobi Fontaine for the defenceman's seventh of the season.
Fontaine's goal came with just over seven minutes left in the middle frame.
After a scoreless third period and 4-on-4 overtime, both teams trimmed down to a 3-on-3 second-OT frame.
In a game that looked destined for a shootout, the Wildcats were able to slide in the game-winner with 1:12 left in the last OT frame.
Taylor Lind grabbed a pass from Baylee Kirwan, and snuck it by Prairie Fire goalie Cheyenne Jamieson.
"We were happy with the effort, and we had everybody contribute. We were able to play more people, and that's what we want," said Pavely of the well-rounded effort. "If everybody was going, we can use our bench more, and I thought everybody was going today. Real happy with our effort, and I thought our execution was a lot better today as well."
Amaya Giraudier made 28 saves on 29 Prairie Fire shots, while her counterpart Jamieson turned aside 36 of 38 Wildcats shots.
Securing two out of a possible three points in the OT-win, the Wildcats were able to respond in confident fashion, after the wind was briefly taken out of their sails in Saturday's loss.
"We've kind of had that all year where we've kind of laid an egg one game, and we find a way to respond," Pavely explained. "I think for us moving forward getting ready for playoffs, we can't lay eggs. We have to be ready every game, and that was our message - we had three games, and we had to be ready to play all three of them to make sure we have some good habits."
Swift Current now sits three points back of the Prince Albert Northern Bears for third place with two games remaining for both teams.
The Wildcats (13-10-2-1) take on the last-place Weyburn Gold Wings (1-24-0-1) Saturday and Sunday at Fairview West, hoping to stay sharp ahead of playoffs.
"I think the biggest thing for us is our penalty-kill. We want to be a little more aggressive, so that's something we'll work on to get ready to play against them," Pavely noted. "It's a team we think we can be aggressive against, and hopefully get some good habits being aggressive on the penalty-kill that we can use in the playoffs."
Meanwhile, Prince Albert (13-8-3-2) is home to the second-place Regina Rebels (15-6-1-3) Friday and Saturday.