Bonacci, McLean key a pair of Kootenay comebacks
By The Nelson Daily Sports
The teams played 120 minutes and settled nothing.
Kootenay Wildcats and Fraser Valley Phantom played to a pair of ties during B.C. Female AAA Midget Hockey League play this past weekend in Nelson.
Sunday, Christina Bonacci of Trail scored with four minutes remaining in the game to pull the Cats to a 2-2 draw at the NDCC Arena.
Saturday, it was Hailey McLean of Castlegar scoring with just over five minutes left in the game to allow Kootenay to tie the Phantom 3-3.
The pair of single points allowed the Cats to overtake the
Vancouver Fusion for third spot in BCFMHL standings and set up a rematch with the Phantom March 18-20 in the Fraser Valley in the first round of the playoffs.
Saturday, Stephanie Digness scored a shorthanded tally with time running out in the second period to give Fraser Valley a 3-2 lead.
But McLean combined with Midway’s Shannon Hall and Kiana Strand of Invermere to allow the 9-14-2 Cats to grab the single point.
Nelson’s Aimee DiBella, fresh off her trip to the Canada Winter Games as a member of Team B.C. in Halifax, and Bonacci also scored for Kootenay.
Sunday, the teams played to a scoreless first period before unleashing the offence. Fraser Valley opened the scoring with a goal by Katherine Kovacs before Strands tied the contest.
Seven minutes into the second the Caitlyn Younger restored the lead for Fraser Valley before Bonacci evened the score for the Wildcats.
Prince George Cougars travel to Vancouver to meet the Fusion in a best-of-three quarter final round playoff. The winner meets Okanagan Rockets in semi final action.