Wildcats - Lightning Tie

December 12, 2012

The Wildcats arrived at the Prince William Ice Center Saturday night, ready for battle. Their opponent was the formidable Chesapeake Bay Lightning, who entered the MAWHL Senior D Division for the first time this season. The Cats showed up early to the rink, eager to play and even more eager to win.

The Wildcats and CBL battled for 45 minutes with neither team letting up. The Wildcats' offense pulled all the stops and launched assault after assault in the offensive zone, while the defense held the blue line and won hand-to-hand battles in front of the net. Still, with a few seconds left in the first period, the Lighting jumped out in front and scored on a 2 on 1 break.

The Cats were not deterred. After the Wildcats' coaches called a timeout in the first few minutes of the second period, the Cats came out swinging. Their efforts were not in vain. With 2:21 remaining in the period, forward Lyne McCauley launched and buried the puck, getting the Cats on the board at last.

The Wildcats racked up a total of 3 penalties, and each one successfully killed off by the Cats' undefeated PK unit. Goalie Margaret Bartha had a stellar performance in net, making some incredible saves while facing 21 shots. It was a hard fought game, but ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the final buzzer. Great game, Cats!

This Saturday, the Wildcats are home again as they take on the Baltimore Blizzard. The puck drops at 8:40 pm. Good seats are still available, so come out and show your support!

LET'S GO CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Shutout Firestorm

December 3, 2012

The Wildcats traveled to Frederick, MD for a Sunday match-up against the Firestorm. The game quickly turned into a barn-burner as each team turned up the heat in determination to take all; however, it was the Wildcats who were victorious in the end.

After hammering each other and the goalies for a period, the score remained 0-0 at the end of the first. One minor penalty was called on Wildcats' defenseman, Margaret Moran for tripping, which was easily killed off by the Wildcats' penalty kill unit. The Wildcats scored the only goals of the game in the second period. With less than 3 minutes into the period, forward Lyne McCauley scored the first goal off a pass from defenseman Jenny Spencer. McCauley factored again a few minutes later as she carried the puck into the offensive zone, then made a quick pass to forward Mary Garrison, who shot it past the goaltender, extending the Wildcats' lead to 2-0. Congratulations to both Lyne and Mary on their first goals of the season!  Later in the period, the Wildcats faced back-to-back penalties. Fortunately, the Cats' penalty kill remains perfect on the season as both penalties were killed and the lead protected.

The grudge match continued into the third period. It was evident the Firestorm were determined to break through the Wildcats' defense and get on the board, but the Cats held firm and fought hard to fend off the assaulting Firestorm. 

In her first showing of the season, goalie Margaret Bartha backstopped the Wildcats with a 26 save performance, earning her first shutout of the season.  Congratulations, Margaret!  Final score was 2-0.  The win extends the Wildcats' undefeated record to 3-0.

Next week, the Wildcats host the Chesapeake Bay Lightning at PWICE. Game starts at 8:40 Saturday night. Plenty of general admission seating is available so come on out and support the Wildcats!

LET'S GO CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Dominate Reign

November 15, 2012

Last Saturday night was a great night for hockey, as the Wildcats played host to the Reading Reign. From the first puck drop, the Wildcats attacked and dominated the Reign until the final buzzer. The Wildcats were clicking on all cylinders as they provided strong offensive pressure, solid defense and several newsreel-worthy saves from their goalie.

Now for the game action. Forward Meghan Benson opened the scoring at 11:05 with the assist going to Kim Griggs. Meghan scored again only a few minutes later with defenseman Jenny Spencer assisting. Forward Michele Forte closed the first period with goal #3. In the 2nd period, defenseman Eve Borner scored her 2nd goal of the season with a hard shot from the face-off circle. The Reign answered back shortly afterwards. Four goals came in the 3rd period alone. Meghan Benson and defenseman Margaret Moran scored two unassisted goals early on. Laura Zdenahlik tipped a rebound from Kim Griggs into the open corner of the net, putting the Wildcats up 7 on the Reign. In the final minute of the game, Karen Frost, assisted by Margaret Moran and Meghan Benson, quickly buried the puck after the face-off in the offensive zone making the final score, 8-1.

The Wildcats had a total of 31 shots and were assessed the only penalty of the game when Casey Arnett was sent to the sin-bin on a minor hooking call. Goalie Anita Wray robbed the Reign several times demonstrating her best Dominik Hasek moves in the crease.  Finally, congratulations go out to Meghan Benson on her first hat trick of the season.  All in all, it was a fun and great game for the Cats! 

Next up, the Wildcats travel to Frederick, MD to take on the Firestorm on Sunday, Dec. 2. Game time is 5:10 p.m. Hope to see you there!

LET'S GO CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Welcome New Season with Win

November 5, 2012

With the off-season hiatus officially over, the Wildcats took the ice again as a team against the Washington Wolves Sunday night. The Wildcats traveled to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the season opener, excited to play, eager to win and with some new additions to roster. The Wildcats are happy to welcome new players to the lineup; Margaret Moran, Karen Frost, Mary Garrison and former teammates, Lyne McCauley and Anita Wray. The team is looking forward to what promises to be a great season.  

The Wildcats opened the scoring early in the 1st period when defenseman Eve Borner picked the puck up in the neutral zone and crossed the offensive blue line. Eve fired off a low-fast shot through a screen, burying the puck and putting the Cats on the board. About a minute later, forward Meghan Benson followed suit, giving the Cats their second goal. The Wolves were quick to answer back and tied the game 2-2 early in the 2nd.  

Undeterred, the Wildcats did not let up the offensive pressure and poured on the attack. Newly-signed forward, Karen Frost exploded with two back-to-back goals in the 2nd period. Her first goal came off a clean break-away that began in the neutral zone. Karen's second goal of the night came shortly afterwards from a nice feed from Meghan Benson. 

The Benson-Frost offensive action factored once again in the 3rd period. This time, Benson netted a quick goal, assisted by Frost. The final goal of the game came from Michele Forte after she capitalized on a rebound shot from Laura Zdenahlik. The game ended with a 6-2 victory for the Wildcats. Congratulations go out to Anita Wray for her first official win while facing 18 shots between the pipes. Nice work, Cats!  

Next week, the Wildcats host the Reading Reign at PWICE, Saturday at 8:40 pm. Plenty of seating is still available, so come out and support the Wildcats! 

LET'S GO CATS!!!
 
 

The 2012-13 Season is Here!

October 4, 2012

Time to get ready, Cats!  While the NHL season is on hold, the new MAWHL season is all set to begin. The Wildcats take the ice this weekend for their first practice of the season.  The team is looking forward to lacing up the skates, seeing old teammates and welcoming new ones.  Time to get to work, Wildcats...see you at the rink!

Let's Go CATS!!!
 

Road Win For Wildcats

November 17, 2011

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The Wildcats hit the road for their first meeting with the Blizzard in Baltimore last weekend.  The Cats were first on the board when forward Diane Sanders scored her first goal of the season after the Cats gained control of the Blizzard zone late in the second period.  She was assisted by forwards Heather Meyer and Michele Forte.  The Wildcats gained the man-advantage early in the second period when the Blizzard were called on a high-sticking penalty.  The Cats swarmed the offensive zone and after a clean pass from Meghan Benson, Kim Hammers hammered one passed the Blizzard goalie, making it the second goal of the night and Kim's first of the season.  With about a minute left in the period, defenseman Pat Lyons, protecting the blue line and keeping the puck in the zone, assisted on the Cats' third goal from center Meghan Benson. Benson tallied her third point of the night and her second goal, early in the third period with assists going to forward Laura Zdenahlik and Casey Arnett. The final score was 4-2, making it the Wildcat's third win of the season.  

Next weekend, the Wildcats host the Washington Wolves on Saturday, November 19.  Game time is 6:50 p.m. Admission is free so come out and support your Prince William Wildcats!  LET'S GO CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Defeat Firestorm

November 7, 2011
Last Sunday, the Wildcats traveled to Skate Frederick in Maryland for their match against the Frederick Firestorm.  The Wildcats knew they would have to come out strong and take control of the game at the first face-off if they were to have a chance against the always formidable Firestorm. Gaining control of the Firestorm zone early on, Cats' center Meghan Benson and wingers Ines Schroeder and Diane Sanders had many scoring opportunities as they cycled the puck. Finally, from behind the net, Sanders passed the puck to Schroeder who, with a quick one-timer, buried the puck in the net with only 1:52 into the game.  The goal was Schroeder's first of the season; Sanders and Benson were given assists. Later in the period, Meghan Benson, on a clean break away, scored the second goal for the Cats, making it her second of the season.

The Wildcats kept up the offensive pressure, and ultimately controlled the game.  Cat's goalie Margaret Bartha was solid in net, making some spectacular saves against the Firestorm offense. The Cats gave up one goal in the third period, but came out victorious at the final buzzer with the final score, 2-1.  Great game, Cats!!!


This week, the Cats are on a bye, but return next weekend to take on the Baltimore Blizzard at Patterson Park in Baltimore.  Check the website schedule page for rink location, and come out and support the Wildcats.  Game time is 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.  See you there!
Let's Go CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Suffer First Loss

October 26, 2011
The Wildcats took on the Reading Reign for the first time Saturday.  The Wildcats held the Reign scoreless until the final minutes of the game, after the Reign crashed the net and cashed in on a rebound shot.  Margaret Bartha was stellar in net, facing 28 shots and making a number of spectacular saves.  The Cats played an intense, physical game and had many scoring opportunities as they poured on the offense.  The Wildcats' defense was solid as they held the formidable opponent at bay for almost 3 periods.

Saturday's game was the Cats' inaugural game in the newly rebuilt Prince William Ice Center.  The team is happy to finally be back home in Prince William once again!  The Wildcats are on the road next weekend, as they travel to Frederick, MD to play the Firestorm.  LET'S GO CATS!!!
 

Wildcats Win Season Opener

October 16, 2011
It's a "W" for the Wildcats as they blank the Washington Wolves 6-0 in the season opener Saturday night. When the first puck dropped, the Wildcats attacked with an intensity that didn't let up until the final buzzer sounded. Eager to defend their title, the Wildcats wanted to set the tone for the entire season with this first game. And they did.

When the puck dropped, the Wildcats immediately attacked and kept the pressure up in the offensive zone for most of the first period. Forward Heather Meyer opened the scoring during a scrum in front of the Wolves' net, and was assisted by Diane Sanders. The Wildcats continued their offensive onslaught looking to pad their lead, and then with 48 seconds left in the period, defenseman Cambria Ungaro launched an elusive wrist shot from the point, and scored the second goal of the night. Forward Meghan Benson assisted.

The Wildcats had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the second period, and Meghan Benson was the first to capitalize on them when she carried the puck in the from the defensive blue line, splitting the Washington defense and scored a 5-hole goal. She was assisted by defenseman Jenny Spencer. Laura Zdenahlik sent a blazing high wrist shot past the goalie's shoulder only to have it hit the post and bounce out of the net. Undeterred, she and her line mates kept up the pressure, cycling the puck and controlling the zone until Zdenahlik finally found an open corner of the net and scored the fourth goal of the night. Center Michele Forte and left-wing, Krista Ehlert were given the assists. Later in the period, Michele Forte grabbed the puck for a break away. Her wingers, Zdenahlik and Ehlert were coming off the bench during a shift change and joined the rush just as Forte shot the puck past the Wolves' net-minder. Way to go, Michele!

The Wildcats kept up the pressure as the Wolves tried to rally during the third period. The final goal of the night was scored by Heather Meyer, when defenseman Eve Borner carried the puck down low into the zone and attempted a wrap-around the net but hit the goalie. Diane Sanders assisted Meyer as they cashed in on the rebound. Great play, ladies!

Saturday night's win was an entire team effort for the Wildcats. While the scoring opportunities were abundant, everyone put forth tremendous effort and left it all on the ice. Great game, Cats! Next week, the Wildcats host the home opener in their brand new rink, the Prince William Ice Center. The Cats are excited to finally have their rink back and will be taking on the newest team to join the MAWHL, the Reading Reign for the first time. Game time is 9:10 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Let's go Cats!!!
 

Wildcats Season Opener Tonight

October 15, 2011
It's Saturday night hockey as the Wildcats open the 2011-2012 Season on the road tonight against the Washington Wolves.  The off-season was a productive one for the Cats, as they welcome a couple of new, but familiar, faces to the team.  Forward Ines Schroeder has rejoined the Cats after a brief hiatus, and behind the bench, Tristan Zdenahlik officially joins the coaching staff.  A big welcome to both Ines and Tristan, who will be great additions to the team.

The puck drops at 7:40 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.  Come out to tonight, and show the Wildcats your support! 

Let's GO CATS!!!
 
 

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