A 3-0 win last night at Totem One has given the Cochrane Chaos the edge in their south semifinal series against the Calgary Titans.
The Chaos took a 2-0 into the second with goals from Zoe Walker and Kaley Mueller. Walker scored her second on the night to wrap up the scoring.
"We smothered them and we played good enough that we took away their opportunities," says Chaos head coach Derek Loomer. "I think we have another gear, but we just didn't need it tonight."
The close-checking style of the Chaos limited the Titans to 13 shots. Only one of them caught goaltender Elle Fournier by surprise but didn't go in.
"3-0, 1-0, 10-0, it doesn't really matter," says Loomer. "As long as we're on top of that score, I'm happy."
Walker switched to defence when she joined the Chaos last season after playing midgets in Calgary.
"She's been awesome for us on D and she just has a great shot, great patience," says Loomer. "She's like ice when she's carrying the puck, there's no panic in her. She's got terrific strength when she's shooting the puck so she got in a couple of spots today where she was able to make that work and it came down to taking advantage of her opportunities."
Walker says her first came after taking a pass from the point on a powerplay and the second looked to be tipped by a Titans player and found the five-hole.
She says there was plenty of energy in the dressing room going into the game.
"People are pretty pumped, the energy's there. Everybody's pretty excited today with the start of playoffs and we're looking forward to getting out there tomorrow."
Game Two is at 1 p.m. today at Winsport.
Central Alberta Amazons upset Edmonton Eagles
In north division playoff action yesterday, the Central Alberta Amazons upset the Edmonton Wolves to win two games straight to advance to the north final. With only four wins on the season, the win by the Amazons tells the tale of what makes playoff hockey so special.
Loomer says despite the Amazons notching only four wins in the regular season, their goaltender Madison McLaren is absolutely incredible and can be a game-changer.
The Chaos know first-hand the feeling of going into a series as the favourite and being upset. Last year, they were surprised by the Lethbridge Eagles in the south final.
"We should have run the table last year like we did all season, but when you run into a hot goaltending and a passionate team, anything can happen," says Loomer.
"Our girls are aware of that, and we're very determined that we're going to focus on playing our game as best as we can and try to avoid something like what happened to the Wolves. It could happen to anybody and we don't want it to happen to us this year."