The Cochrane Chaos beat the Calgary Jags, 4-2, in the opening game of the best-of-three south division final of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League (AJFHL).
The Chaos took a 3-0 lead with goals from Kalaina Kozak, Kaylee Stagman, and Quinlan Laverdiere in the first before being stifled in the second period with penalties.
Mila Preville put the Jags on the scoreboard 22 seconds into the third before the Chaos regained a three-goal lead on a goal by Kaley Mueller.
The Jags' Kanika Sandhu rounded out the scoring with three minutes remaining.
"They're a good team," says Chaos assistant coach Greg Kozak."They battle hard and push hard so we had to make sure we kept winning our battles and playing our game and not get dragged into some of the stuff we got dragged into in the second period and start taking too many penalties."
Chaos goalie Ella Fournier faced 33 shots from the Jags, 18 of them in the second period. She says the Jags came with plenty of drive, despite having played the night before in Lethbridge.
"I love the energy tonight, so I'm excited about the next game and I'm hoping it's similar to this game," she says.
The Jags are at home in Game Two at the Bowness Sportsplex on Mar. 4. If required, the Chaos host Game Three the next day at Totem One at 5: 30 p.m.
The Jags upset the Lethbridge Eagles, 3-0, the night before to advance from a deadlocked semifinal series.
The north final is underway between the Sherwood Park Steele and Central Alberta Amazons. The Steele advanced after defeating the Fort Saskatchewan Fury 7-2 in Game three of their semifinal series. The Amazons upset the Edmonton Wolves to advance to the final.