The Cochrane Chaos junior women's team has a pair of home games against two of the top teams in the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League this weekend, starting tonight (Feb. 14).
The Chaos is striving to get their first win against the Calgary Titans this season in a game that is key to finishing first in the south division. They have two games remaining against the Titans and lost three and tied one of their previous encounters.
"Those two games will make the difference between who ends up in first, and who ends up in second," says Chaos head coach Derek Loomer. "It's up to us to focus on that, and be prepared on Friday to come out and get our first win of the season against them."
The game starts at 7:45 p.m. in Totem One of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
Saturday, they host the Edmonton Wolves, who are second in the north division with an 18-6-1 record. The start time for that game is 7:30 p.m.
Last Sunday, the Chaos dominated the Irma Chargers in a lopsided 14-2 scoring spree. The Chargers have been struggling this season. Twenty-five games into the season, they remain in search of their first win.
"It's a really tough game to stay in. I think we did a really good job of focusing on the things in preparation for the playoffs," says Loomer.
"I thought our guys did a good job with that right through to the end."
Being able to come off a game like this and then face stiffer competition can be mentally challenging, admits Loomer. Fortunately, tougher matchups round out the regular season. All of them are on home ice.
"It will be really good to have that level of competition and get ready as we go into the playoffs, and then carry that right through. Whoever we play in the first series, we have to be prepared for it because anything could happen in a best-of-three."
Against the Chargers, Faith Gette has a five-point night with two goals and three assists. Kelly Stanford had a hat trick, leading scorer Kalley Mueller scored two and assisted on a pair, and Ryann Altwasser scored two and assisted on another. Kari Pedder, Shelby Kirkpatrick, Audrey Bustin, and Colbi Brown rounded out the scoring.