You couldn’t blame the Whitby Wild if they said they were tired of playing the Waterloo Wildfire. Saturday night in an NRL Southern Ontario Division neutral site contest, played in Seaforth, the two teams met for the third time in just three weeks.
For the the third consecutive game the Wildfire walked away with the victory on a tidy 10 – 1 count. The Wild, playing with just 10 players due to the flu, were even on the scoreboard after the first 10 minutes, though badly outshot, and received strong goaltending from Nikki Arnott. Waterloo ultimately prevailed, however, and led 3-0 at the half and then outscored Whitby 7-1 in the second half.
Bryanna Kelly paced the Wildfire attack with a hat trick, while Tara Gross and Jodie Hannen each added a pair and Linsey Vivian, Amanda Somerville and Shelagh Rouse scored singles. Rouse added four assists to top the Waterloo squad in points for the night. Lisa Malanks was solid in the Wildfire cage and lost her shout bid with just over 8 minutes remaining on a Whitby power play.
This coming weekend the Wildfire travel to Montreal along with the other 3 Southern Ontario teams and all will do battle with each of the 4 teams in the Montreal Division of the league’s Eastern Conference in a 4-game weekend for each of the 8 clubs.
The Wildfire returns to home action on Sunday November 22 at 12 noon against the Richmond Hill Lightning at Albert McCormick Community Centre.
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