The Diamond Energy Female Midget AAA Wildcats played host to a weekend set against the Prince Albert Northern Bears (8-3-0-0), one of the Sask Female Midget AAA Hockey League's top teams.
In game one on Saturday against the Northern Bears, the Wildcats used goals from forwards Taylor Lind and Baylee Kirwan to carry a 2-2 tie through the first 48 minutes of regulation.
Despite the Wildcats out-shooting the Northern Bears 24-15 in the game, the away side was able to sneak a pair of third period shots by goaltender Harper Davey, as the Wildcats fell 4-2.
"We were really happy with the way we played," said Wildcats head coach Terry Pavely. "Disappointed with the result but we only gave up 15 shots, unfortunately the chances they got were very high quality ones and they made no mistake with them."
Not only were the chances good, according to the Swift Current bench boss, but the effort was that of a playoff game, something Pavely and the coaching staff were pleased with.
"Our compete level had maybe been hit and miss other times, but it was good from start to finish (tonight)," Pavely said. "Every time you play, you're going to get in moments where maybe you're not executing as well, but we can live with that. We want to compete from start to finish and I thought we did that on Saturday."
Sunday's contest proved to be a continuation of a recent story-line as, for for the fourth straight game, the Wildcats lost by two or fewer goals.
The streak started October 22 in a 5-4 loss to Melville, continued in a 3-2 double-OT loss to Notre Dame after a lengthy break between games, and then this pair of contests against Prince Albert.
This time in Sunday's contest it was back to a one-goal deficit - Wildcats goals from Lind and Sara Kendall weren't enough as Swift lost 3-2.
Shots were fractionally in favour of Prince Albert in the game, 32-31. The difference, according to Pavely, was as simple as execution on those scoring chances.
"Even though the shots were equal, we thought we out-chanced them in terms of quality scoring chances. We had some glorious chances and we seemed to hit the goalie in the crest. We've got to do a better job of picking corners when we get good opportunities. You look at their goals - two of their three - one was a really good wrist shot low just inside the post and the other one was high, right under the crossbar."
Two-goal offensive outputs the last three games still wasn't a sign of effort for the team, however.
"Unfortunately right now we're a little bit snake-bitten," Pavely said. "As coaches, we're not really worried about it. We said to our players that we're disappointed in the result, but we're not disappointed at all in the way we played this weekend."
Pavely and his Wildcats (4-6-0-2) are back at Fairview West this weekend for another home set, this time against the Battlefords Sharks (3-9-0-0).
Game times are 7:45 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.