What you need to know
- The Heat women will close out their regular season this weekend when they travel to Edmonton and Prince George with plenty at stake.
- It will be a stressful final weekend for the team as they currently sit in the sixth and final playoff spot in the division.
- The MacEwan Griffins come in as the third placed team in the Pacific Division while UNBC has struggled in recent weeks and currently sit in eighth place.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, OCT 19th
SUNDAY, OCT 21st
Pressure packed final weekend:
- Heading into the final weekend of conference play, the Heat hold down the sixth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division, just one point ahead of the TRU WolfPack.
- Both the Heat and 'Pack play MacEwan and UNBC this weekend so the weekend schedule favours neither team.
- The Heat could jump as high as fifth in the standings and the same goes for TRU if they capture six points in the two matches.
- The Heat are coming off one of their best performances of the season last weekend, a 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Wesmen on home turf in the final home game of the season for the team.
- The three goals marked the highest output so far this season, with Ally Ferronato, Erica Lampert and Madelyn Ellis all finding the back of the net.
Playoff positioning and recent results:
- The Griffins come into the final weekend of play with a playoff spot already locked up, however their is still plenty to play for as they are looking to secure a first round bye if they capture six points and the UBC Thunderbirds lose both their matches.
- Coming off a 4-0 loss to the Calgary Dinos last weekend, the team from Edmonton will need to get back to their midseason form, where they won seven out of eight matches.
- One of the most balanced offensive teams in the conference, MacEwan has five different players with at least three goals to their name.
- Defender Jamie Erickson and striker Salma Kamel lead the way with four tallies on the season, while Raeghan McCarthy, Sarah Riddle and Brittany Costa all have three markers on the season.
Head to head with MacEwan: (2W - 2L- 0T)
- These two teams met during the opening weekend of conference play, with the Heat picking up a 1-0 victory thanks to a clean sheet from rookie keeper Iona Lawson.
Struggling to find their form:
- It has been a tough season for the Timberwolves, as they currently sit in eighth place in the table, but will lock a playoff spot up in the Pacific Division with two wins this weekend, and they will also need TRU to lose or tie to MacEwan, and UBCO will also have to lose or draw to MacEwan. A loss for UNBC, or a UBCO or TRU win over the Griffins will eliminate the Prince George squad.
- After picking up five points in their first four games, the team from Prince George has picked up just one point since, and are currently on a four game losing skid.
- Midfield sharp-shooter Paige Payne has been the go-to option for the Timberwolves this season, scoring eight of their 16 goals in conference play. These eight tallies have her tied for the lead in the CW golden boot race with just two games to play.
Head to head with the T-Wolves: (2W - 2L- 6T)
- It was a back-and-forth 2-2 draw when these two teams met in the season opener for both teams at the beginning of September. Lindsey Berthelsen would open the scoring just a minute in and following two goals for the Timberwolves, rookie Aurora Gardiner would tie things up in the 75th minute to snag a point.