The Cochrane Chaos have the Edmonton Wolves snapping at their heels in the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League (AJFHL) provincial championship as the series heads to Edmonton this weekend.
The Wolves won the first two games of the series here in Cochrane, 1-0 and 2-1. Now the Chaos head north in a do-or-die position in this best-of-five series.
The two closely matched teams went scoreless in the first two periods of Game One before the Wolves' Erica Pierce scored on a breakaway in the third for the only goal of the game.
Game Two saw the Wolves opened up a 2-0 lead by the end of the second. Prior to the puck being dropped for the third Chaos captain Aspen Kozak turned to the crowd to fire them up for the period ahead. The Chaos responded to the cheers by pressing hard in the third. Kaylin Herman put the Chaos on the scoreboard early in the final stanza, assisted by Autumn Kehler and Elizabeth Wong.
Going with six attackers in the final two minutes of play, the Chaos were unsuccessful in solving the Wolves' defence
Head coach Derek Loomer hopes the Chaos aim to turnaround the series on Edmonton's home ice.
"We just have to regroup and score on our chances and get back to that belief that we can win," says Loomer. "We'll take it one game at a time, that's all you can do."
He says the Wolves are a good club but believes in his players.
"No one is hanging their heads. They know that they played hard and everybody was doing well. We just need to get a couple of bounces and we'll be fine."
"We'll go up there and feed them the same thing they feed us here."
Should the Chaos win two on the road this weekend they'll be hosting Game 5 at the Cochrane Arena on Mar. 30 at 6 p.m.