Another six-goal output helped the Diamond Energy Female Midget AAA Wildcats jump back in the win column, taking a commanding lead over the Battlefords Sharks in their best-of-five series.
The Wildcats won 6-1 on the road in Battlefords to carry a 2-0 series lead.
Swift Current scored early and often in the first period, as Taylor Lind opened scoring just 36 seconds into the game.
The Sharks responded with their lone goal of the game 1:16 later, but it was all Wildcats in the remainder of the period.
Sara Kendall scored midway through the first, Lind scored her second with 2:39 left on the powerplay, while Kendall also put home her second on the powerplay, doing so with 37 seconds left for a 4-1 lead.
“Me and my line have been working really well, I’ve got some nice passes, and things have just been going my way," noted Kendall, who has a team-high four goals in two games this series.
After the dominant start that also saw two helpers apiece from Ashlee Wolfe and Baylee Kirwan, it was a bit of a step back in the second period.
"In the second period we quit moving our feet, we just didn’t play the right way," said Wildcats head coach Terry Pavely.
The Wildcats got into penalty trouble in the second period once again. For the second game this series, Swift Current surrendered a lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity to the Sharks, among their five minor penalties in the period.
"It's a 4-1 game, and all of a sudden they could have closed the gap on us pretty early," Pavely said, though noting his team's PK unit was firing on all cylinders Friday night.
"Our penalty-kill was very good tonight, probably the biggest thing was we blocked a ton of shots. For us to contain them, and not give them those opportunities, credit to our kids."
After bending, but not breaking in the second period, the Wildcats were able to counter Battlefords' efforts with a back-breaking goal.
Brooklyn Rublee put a one-timer off the left post and in to make it 5-1 with 3:44 left in the second period. Kirwan and Lind assisted on the play.
"Then I thought in the third period we were pretty good again," Pavely explained. "We played a little bit more in their end, we were more disciplined in our game defensively, we didn't give up the odd man rushes."
Crystal Wale ripped a wrister in the third period for the Wildcats' sixth and final goal.
"We want to be a little bit more consistent from start to finish, but you win 6-2 and 6-1, you can't complain too much either," said Pavely.
Amaya Giraudier came up big in net, stopping 20 of 21 shots for her second win of the series.
Meanwhile Kendall (2 G), Wolfe (3 A), Kirwan (3 A) and Lind (2 G, 1 A) all had big nights in Battlefords.
Swift Current has now gone an astounding 5-for-8 on the powerplay in this series, after going 2-for-3 in Game 2.
Pavely said a big reason for Game 2's effort especially, was a well-executed attack.
"Our powerplay break-out was very good. They run a bit of a different fore check, and we were able to expose it today," he said. "Hopefully, if they try to run the same thing on us again, we'll expose it again. That's where you've got to give our kids credit. We went over it, we showed them on video when we got here, and they were able to execute, so good on our kids."
Game 3 swings back to Swift Current on Sunday, as the Wildcats look to execute the sweep
"We've got to regroup and tighten up a couple things for Sunday, and make sure we're ready to play," said Pavely. "We don't want to make another long bus ride here."
Puck drop in Game 3 is set for 2 p.m. from Fairview West. Catch all the action on Local Sports Live on Swift Current Online, with pregame starting at 1:45.