It was certainly an evenly-matched game late this afternoon in a contest between the Diamond Energy Female Midget AAA Wildcats and the Regina Rebels.
On the road in the provincial capital, 60 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey solved nothing - neither did five minutes 4-on-4 in the first overtime period. In fact, it took nearly five full minutes of 3-on-3 action to see the game's first and only goal.
The Wildcats snuck away as the winning side with a 1-0 double-overtime effort, as Rosetown-product Carissa Hogan scored with 9.2 seconds remaining in the fifth frame. Maddy McCleary and Baylee Kirwan were both credited with the assists on the goal.
Wildcats head coach Terry Pavely spoke on the neck-and-neck contest, the ups and downs in different stages of the game, as well as Hogan's game-winning-goal:
Wildcats' rookie goalie Amaya Giraudier stopped all 39 Rebels shots she faced, narrowly out-performing Regina's Chantel Weller who stopped 37 of 38 shots from Swift.
Swift Current now has the edge in the season series at 2-1, however the Rebels (11-5-0-3, 36 pts) are still four points clear of the Wildcats (9-6-1-3, 32 pts) in the standings.
The Rebels play host again tomorrow afternoon for the fourth and final meeting between the two teams in the 2017-18 regular season.
Puck drop is at 11:30 a.m. from the Cooperators Centre in Regina. Catch all the action live on The Eagle 94.1 for Diamond Energy Wildcats Hockey with pregame slated for shortly after 11 a.m.