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!!!