The Cochrane Chaos had a breakout game last night against the Central Alberta Amazons to punch their ticket to the provincial final.
Ten seconds in, the Chaos scored their first of three in the opening period. Three more came in the second and an early third-period goal gave them a 7-0 victory to claim the south division of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League (AJFHL) here in Totem One.
The Amazons upset the Chaos 4-1 in the opening game before the Chaos came away with a 5-4 nerve-wrenching win in Game Two. Game Three clearly showed why the Chaos came first in the south and deserved another crack at the Alberta title.
Team captain Aspen Kozak said they scored early and often and the Amazons collapsed. She said the team pushed hard to wrap up the series. The effort was also there earlier in the series but the goals just didn't come.
"This game we had that little extra push to win every battle and get to every puck and got a flood of goals."
Faith Gette had a five-point night for the Chaos with a hat-trick and two assists. Aspen Kozak, Shelby Kirkpatrick, Summer Gibbons and Brooklyn Bectold notched the other goals.
Tonight's rubber match between the Edmonton Wolves and defending champion Sherwood Park Steele goes tonight to determine who comes out of the north division. If the Wolves win, the Chaos have home-ice advantage; if it's the Steele, the Chaos are heading north this weekend.
Both teams are tough competitors, believes Loomer, but if he had his way he'd like a rematch with the Steele.
"It doesn't matter either way, but for revenge purposes, it would be nice to be Sherwood Park and have a chance to go head-to-head with them and take the championship away from them the way they took it away from us last year. But both teams are good solid teams so either way, you're going to end up with a huge battle in order to win the provincials this year."
He believes this is the year for the Chaos if they bring their 'A' game to the arena.
"I really believe that we're going to win this year. The girls have that focus and confidence and they're just ready to take that next step."
Kozak is in her final year with the Chaos and has high hopes to go out on top to end her AJFHL career.
"We know Sherwood Park is a quality team and Edmonton is really hot right now so, either way, we have to be on top of our game. If we play like we did today then we have a good shot at it."
The provincial final is a best-of-three series.