Wildcats start the season with a win!

October 23, 2016
The Wildcats opened the 2016-17 season last Saturday (Oct. 15, 2016) at home against the Reading Reign.  The game proved a defensive battle with both goalies keeping their team in the game early.  Wildcats Center Lyne McCauley finally opened up the scoring midway through the first period with an unassisted power move on the doorstep to sneak the puck past the right goal post.  The defensive battle resumed until midway through the third period when WIldcats forward Michele Forte cleaned up the garbage in front of the net after a hard shot from Ines Schroeder bounced off the Reign goaltender, Forte jammed the loose puck under the goaltender's pads for a 2-0 Wildcat lead.  That insurance goal proved necessary as the Reign fired in a shot around the 12:00 minute mark of the third, to give them a spark.  However, the WIldcats played shut down defense for the remainder of the period to hang on to the win.  Anita Wray had an impressive performance in goal.  Next week, the Cats travel to Frederick on Sunday (Oct. 23, 2016) for an afternoon game with the Firestorm.          
 

2015/2016 -Game 2 Summary: Wildcats vs. Mayhem

November 15, 2015
The Wildcats came back this week to get a big win against the Hagerstown Mayhem, 3-1.  The Mayhem took an early 1-0 lead behind a shutdown goalie performance.  With a good defensive effort, the Cats held the Mayhem to just five more shots on goal.  Meanwhile on the other side of the ice, the Cats kept shooting and finally broke through in the third period with a crease crashing goal by Karen Frost.  Casey Arnett lifted one over the right pad of the goaltender just minutes later for the game winner.  Diane Sanders also put in an insurance goal to top off a three point night, a career high for her.


The Cats look forward to their first road trip of the season next week when they take on the Frederick Firestorm on Sunday, November 22.  Go Cats!
 

Wildcats season is underway!

November 14, 2015
The new look Wildcats started the season with league play on Saturday November 7 against the Reading Reign.  The team fell 3-1 in a hard fought battle that showed the Cats struggling to find their offense with a shake up in line assignments and positions due to several off season departures.  One addition to the team, Pat Lyons, made her presence felt by snipering a laser goal through some daylight left by the goalie and the near post.  We welcome Pat back to the team after taking a few seasons off.  Pat is the proud mom of current Richmond Generals goalie Cameron Kollar in Tier 3 Junior hockey.  Hockey is in the blood.

The next night, the Cats met up at PW Ice for a "friendly" game with the Potomac Patriots U19 girls team.  The youngsters took it to the Cats who had to play like teenagers again.  Cats goalie, Anita Wray stood on her head and made some strong saves against the crafty youngsters, but in the end, youth trumped wisdom and the Cats fell 6-1.  Rhonda Quiring scored the lone Cats goal with some relentless crease crashing and banged one in past the Patriot's goaltender.  All in all, it was a fun night on the ice, and a great experience for both teams.  If the Lady Patriots are any indication, NoVA women's hockey will be well stocked in the years to come.  Good luck to the both Lady Patriots teams, the U19 and the U16 on the rest of their seasons. 

The Wildcats are back on the ice at PW Ice Center this Saturday, November 14, vs. Hagerstown Mayhem at 8:10.
 

Wildcats at the World Police & Fire Games

June 30, 2015

Prince William Wildcats players were on deck at the Prince William Ice Center over the weekend in support of the World Police & Fire Games Over 35 and 45 Men's Hockey competition. Wildcats forward Michele Forte and goalie Anita Wray volunteered their time and efforts by registering players, managing penalty boxes and score keeping games. Men's hockey continues through Wednesday, when the divisions square off at the Championship games.

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Stop in and say hello to Anita who will be score keeping the Championship games. 

Novice and Division II hockey can be found at Reston Skatequest and Ashburn Ice House. The WPFG Men's Hockey competition is just one of many events taking place around the Northern Virginia area and the National Capital Region. More information and the complete schedule can be found at the event website: www.fairfax2015.com.

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Michele in charge at control central! LET'S GO CATS!!!

 

Wildcats Finish Weekend 5-0

December 10, 2014

From contributors Stacy Scott and Krista Ehlert-

Another win on Saturday night for the Wildcats against the Frederick Firestorm. The Cats came off their two week Thanksgiving break a little flat and found themselves down 2-0 with about 10 minutes left to go in the second period. Coach Jason Ehlert called a time-out and asked the team to skate like they wanted to win. The time-out seemed to wake up the team and shortly thereafter, Susie Hazard scored a nice goal on an assist by Captain Casey Arnett to cut the lead in half. Just before the end of the second period, the Cats drew even on a goal by defenseman Margaret Moran, again assisted by Casey Arnett. The Cats peppered the Firestorm goalie but were unable to get one past until Rhonda Quiring scored her third of the season, giving the Cats the win.  

The Wildcats blanked the Firestorm 3-0 in Frederick on Sunday during the second half of the home and home weekend. Wildcat Rhonda Quiring opened the scoring in the second period with a beautiful top-shelf goal, worthy of any highlight reel. Centers Laura Zdenahlik and Lyne McCauley also netted pucks and were assisted by Susie Hazard and Kim Griggs. Goaltender Anita Wray posted her second career shutout. The Wildcats closed the weekend with a 5-0 record. Nice work, Cats!

Next Saturday, the Wildcats are home and will host the Washington Wolves. The puck drops at 8:10 p.m. Plenty of seats are available. 

Let's go, CATS!!!


 

Wildcats Blank Mayhem

November 24, 2014

The Wildcats earned their second win on the road Sunday, advancing their record to 3-0.  The Wildcats and the Mayhem met for the first time this season in Hagerstown, MD. Steph Condron opened the scoring at 4:15 in the first period.  She was assisted by winger Kim Griggs. Michele Forte followed later with her first goal of the season and was assisted by Steph Condron and defenseman Eve Borner. The period ended with the Wildcats leading, 2-0.

Michele Forte opened the second period with another goal and was assisted once again by Steph Condron. Defenseman Margaret Moran earned her second goal of the season when she carried the puck into the offensive zone, shot, then took her own rebound around the net and buried the puck on the goalie's stick side. Next, Karen Frost scored from behind the net as well, when she  bounced the puck off the back of the goalie's pad and into the net. Nice one! Mary Garrison and Eve Borner got the assists. The second period ended with the score 5-0.

Down by 5 and undeterred, the Mayhem refused to let up and continued to battle back.  Off a pass from Casey Arnett in the neutral zone, center Susie Hazard went on a breakaway and scored, bringing the final score to 6-0. The Wildcats had a total of 48 shots on goal.  It was a great offensive effort by all.  Congratulations to goaltender Anita Wray on her first career shutout.  Way to go, Anita!

Next up, the Cats have a double header weekend beginning Dec. 6 when they host the Firestorm. Come on out to the Prince William Ice Center for some great Wildcats hockey!

Let's go CATS!!!

 

Hockey is Here!

September 29, 2014

The Wildcats are ready to take the ice for their first practice Saturday as they begin preparing for another winning season. The 2014-2015 schedule is an ambitious one as the MAWHL continues to grow and new teams from around the Mid-Atlantic join.

Be sure to check out this season's schedule and make plans to catch a game (or two) to cheer the Wildcats on!
2014-2015 Schedule

Let's go CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Wallop Firestorm

November 11, 2013

The Wildcats traveled to Frederick on November 3 for their first match with the Firestorm this season. The Cats were ready for their first road game and looking for a "W" in the Win column.

Once they took the ice, the Wildcats didn't waste any time. Laura Zdenahlik opened the scoring 1:55 into the game when she one-timed the puck into the open side of the net from a pass from Casey Arnett. The Firestorm answered back later when Zdenahlik found herself in the sin bin for interference. The 1st period ended with the score tied at 1.

The Wildcats kept the energy up in the 2nd period, pouring on wave after wave of offensive attack. Playing on wing, Margaret Bartha scored her first goal of the season with a tip-in during a scrum in front of the net. The Firestorm regrouped but were kept scoreless during the 2nd period. The 3rd period opened with a quick goal by Bartha on a pass from blueliner Krista Ehlert. The Firestorm quickly retaliated, but Laura Zdenahlik sealed the deal by scoring her second of the night.

For three periods, the Wildcats never let the energy lag. Leading the Firestorm the entire game, the team never once sat back on their heels. In the final minutes of the game, the Firestorm came at the Wildcats with both barrels in an attempt to generate a different ending. There were some wild moments in front of the net as the Wildcats' defense and goalie, Anita Wray battled the fierce Firestorm onslaught. In the end, the opposition was kept at bay and the game ended with 4-2 win for the Cats.

In a rare post-game interview, Coach Jason said, "We received production from every line, whether it was a goal, key save, blocked shot or intercepted pass. It was a complete game by all players." Well played, Prince William!

Next up, the Wildcats travel to Baltimore to take on the Blizzard at Patterson Park on Saturday, November 16. The puck drops at 5:15 so get there early!

Let's go CATS!!!
 

CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

April 22, 2013

2012-13 Championship Win

On March 10, 2013, the Prince William Wildcats made history by winning the MAWHL D Division Championship title for the first time. 

The Wildcats traveled to Reading, PA for the MAWHL 2012-2013 playoff tournament, hosted by the Reading Reign.  Semi-finals began on Saturday while finals were scheduled on Sunday.  In between, the Reign arranged for participating MAWHL teams to attend an ECHL game at a fan-packed Sovereign Center on Saturday night between the Reading Royals and the Wheeling Nailers.  It was a great game and a fun night for all.  Many thanks go out to the Reading Reign for organizing a first-rate tournament weekend.

Now, onto the playoff excitement...

In the playoff semi-finals, the Wildcats were matched with the Frederick Firestorm.   The game seemed destined to end in a draw as it remained scoreless  for well over half the game.  It wasn't until late in the 2nd period when forward Michele Forte picked up the puck after defensemen Krista Ehlert cleared the zone.  With the puck, Forte drove the Firestorm net and slipped it past the goalie after drawing the goaltender side to side.  It was the spark the Cats needed!  From there, the goals didn't stop until the final buzzer.  Fifteen seconds into the 3rd period, forward Karen Frost deked the Firestorm defense and gave the Cats their second goal of the game.  Forward Meghan Benson assisted.  About a minute later, Meghan Benson scored goal #3 unassisted on a clean breakaway.   Forward Mary Garrison scored on a fat rebound from Casey Arnett, after creating a scrum in front of the Firestorm net.  Last, but not least, Diane Sanders scored the final goal of the game with an assist from Krista Ehlert.  It was a fantastic effort by all.  The game was split by both Wildcats' goalies, Anita Wray and Margaret Bartha; both gave stellar performances preventing a single goal from being scored.  Way to go, ladies!

As happy as they were to win the semifinals, the Wildcats quickly turned their focus on the Chesapeake Bay Lightning and the Championship game on Sunday.  As game time approached, the Wildcats readied themselves and steeled their sights on winning.  During the regular season, the Wildcats held a 0-0-2 record against the Lightning, so it was anybody's game.  Both teams battled hard.  The Lightning scored first during the 1st period, when the play dramatically changed direction in the defensive zone and a Lightning player was able get behind the Wildcats defense and capitalize on an open corner of the net.  The Wildcats were able to answer back in the 2nd period.  Holding the blue line in the offensive zone, Krista Ehlert shot the puck towards the net into traffic and onto Meghan Benson's stick, who in turn, directed it into the net.  The Cats were back in business!

Tied 1-1, it was anyone's game now.  For the rest of the game, both teams battled ferociously back and forth, both equally determined to take the Championship title.   Wildcats' goalie Margaret Bartha stood on her head the entire game, making spectacular save after spectacular save.   As the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation and after a 5 minute overtime, the two teams were still tied at 1, so the referees began preparing for a shootout.  The first shooter for the Wildcats was Margaret Moran, who went for the 5-hole and shot the puck under the goalie's left pad.  Other Wildcats' shooters were Michele Forte, Lyne McCauley and Karen Frost.  Wildcats' goalie, Margaret Bartha stoned every CBL shooter, and after eight shooters, the Wildcats declared victory with Margaret Moran's shootout goal as the game winner.  The Cats poured out onto the ice to congratulate their goalie and each other.  Congratulations, Wildcats, MAWHL Senior D 2012-2013 CHAMPS!!!

The Prince William Wildcats would like to thank their families, friends and fans for love and support this season.  The Wildcats are looking forward to a little R&R during the off-season and getting ready for a great 2013-2014 season.  Until then, keep your stick on the ice!

LET'S GO CATS!!!

 

Series Ends with Wildcats Win

January 29, 2013

After a long hiatus, the Wildcats took the ice again for a match up against the Washington Wolves last Saturday night. It was an excellent game.  For 45 minutes, the two teams slugged it out and battled hard for the "W." 
 
Rust knocked off their skates, the Cats opened the scoring just :41 seconds into the game when forward Michele Forte got her 3rd goal of the season. The Wolves were able to answer back halfway through the period, tying the game, 1-1. The Wildcats continued to pummel the offensive zone trying to get back on the scoreboard. Then, with .09 seconds left in the period, Michele Forte roofed the puck with authority, ending the period 2-1. She was assisted by Lyne McCauley and Mary Garrison. Nice work, ladies! 
 
The Wildcats went on a penalty kill early in the 2nd after defenseman Margaret Moran was called for a high-stick. The PK unit, consisting of Meghan Benson and Karen Frost, worked relentlessly and were rewarded with a shorty for their efforts. Defenseman Eve Borner was given the second assist. It was a spectacular goal for the Cats! Once again, the Wolves answered back late in the period when they were able to get around the Wildcats' defense. The second period ended with the score 3-2. 
 
Things got even more interesting in the 3rd period when the Wolves tied the game after sliding the puck past the Wildcats' goalie on the far post. The Wildcats' coach called for a timeout. Afterwards, the Cats' retook the ice, undeterred and fought back hard during the last 8 minutes of the game. Meghan Benson scored the game winner with 5:02 remaining on the clock. Adding to the Cats' lead, Laura Zdenahlik scored off a rebound shot from Diane Sanders. Finally, with .35 left in the game, Lyne McCauley split the Wolves' defense at the Wildcat's blue line and turned on the afterburners, streaking into the Wolves' zone and scoring on a beautiful breakaway. Job well done, Cats! 
 
Goalie Anita Wray did an outstanding job minding the Cats' net. Final score was 6-3. It was a great game and lots of fun!

Next up, the Wildcats face-off against the Firestorm this Saturday night at the Prince William Ice Center. Puck drops at 8:40. Be sure to get there early to get a good seat!
 
LET'S GO CATS!!!
 
 

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