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Wildcats and Sharks set to meet in Esso Cup gold medal game

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CALGARY - The Westman Wildcats are off to the gold medal game at the Esso Cup following a 3-2 semifinal victory over the Edmonton Thunder on Friday.

The Wildcats are set to meet Scarborough in Saturday's final at the national female midget championship after the Sharks upset the previously undefeated host Calgary Flyers 4-2 in the evening's other semi.

Westman started the scoring early when Brittany Phillips put a wrist shot top shelf to give the Wildcats the lead 3:20 into the game.

The Thunder replied in the second on a two-man advantage when Calaine Inglis fired home a quick shot from the left circle to tie the game 1-1.

The Wildcats regained the lead after Brigette Lacquette's slapshot from the blue-line ricocheted past Thunder goalie Meghan Witt.

The Thunder tied the game 2-2 early in the third but the Wildcats power play struck again as Jenna-Marie Durnin restored the lead 3-2.

The Thunder will hope to regroup and win some hardware in the bronze game against Calgary.

In the other semifinal, heading into the third tied 1-1, the Scarborough scored three goals in the third period to secure a place in the gold medal game.

Annie Shapero scored two, including an empty-netter, and Megan Wickens added another in the third to lift the Sharks.

Kaitlyn Keon had Scarborough's other goal.

Brittany Styner opened the scoring for the Flyers in the first and Kayla Kaluzn netted another in the third.

Scarborough's Marissa Kozovski made 31 saves in the victory.

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