Chilliwack goalie excels in Ontario female hockey league

Kate Stuart of the Leaside Wildcats was a top netminder in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.

Chilliwack’s Kate Stuart is chasing a championship in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.

The league is based in Ontario and Stuart tends net for Toronto’s Leaside Wildcats. Her team just dispatched the Kitchener-Waterloo Rangers 3-1 in a best of five opening round series.

Stuart started two of the games, a 1-0 loss and a 2-1 win where she compiled a .941 save percentage.

Stuart’s crew gets the Cambridge Rivulettes in the second round, in what looks like a good matchup.

The Wildcats finished fourth overall in the 20 team league during the regular season with a record of 20-10-7-1. Cambridge was tied with Leaside in points with a record of 19-9-6-4.

Stuart is one of the league’s top goalies. The 2000-born rookie made 18 regular season appearances, winning 13 with a microscopic 1.10 goals-against average and .955 save percentage.

She missed action while she was away at various Team B.C. camps and the 2018 National U-18 Hockey Championships, where she helped Team B.C. win bronze for the second year in a row.

Stuart has also been playing for her high school team, the Leaside Lancers. Stuart was only scored on once during regular season play as her team went 5-0-2 and finished second overall.

The Lancers have qualified for provincials, which will run March 21-23 in Timmins, Ontario.

Stuart will soon be off to Massachusetts and the Boston University Terriers. The teenager has earned a full-ride scholarship with the NCAA Div-1 program.

Current Team Canada Olympians Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenn Wakefield are Terrier alums and former Team Canada player Tara Watchorn is an assistant coach at BU.

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