Two teams are left standing in the SWHL, and they are familiar foes.  

Macklin will play Wilkie for the second straight season for the SWHL crown after defeating Kindersley in four games this past weekend. 

Wilkie dispatched Edam in three straight games to move onto the final series and will look for some revenge, after falling to the same Mohawks last year in the final series. 

West Central Online caught up with SWHL president Joe Cey to talk about the series, and how the season went in 2022-23. 

Cey is hoping for a long and tight series between the Highway 14 rivals.  

“Both of those clubs appeared to get hot at the right time of year and getting good goaltending and hopefully she's a good, hard fought long series, no doubt.” 

Unfortunately for the league, both Macklin and Wilkie have bowed out of provincials, but the Hafford/Edam squad is still alive in A provincials. 

“We still have that Edam/Hafford combination team and they're tied up one with Drake going into Saturday. It is the 3rd and deciding game and it is going to be played in Edam. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed that that they can move on to the A final for sure.” 

Shifting focus to the SWHL for 2022-23, Cey was happy with how things played out, and is happy with the future of the league moving forward from last place Unity to first place Kindersley.  

“I think Unity are going about it the right way. They've got a core group of young guys that every year that they get another season under their belt, improvement is pretty obvious there. They lost a number of one goal hockey games, including in overtime as well. I'm looking forward to seeing improvement from their club, Kerrobert is on the same lines as well with young local guys.” 

The season saw four teams rise to the top, and the other four battling for playoff position. 

“It appears from this past season that I would put Kindersley, Wilkie, Edam and Macklin in the upper tier and the other four clubs are coming along for sure.” 

The SWHL finals fire up this weekend, with game one in Wilkie Friday night at 8:30 pm, with game two set for Macklin Sunday evening at 6:00 pm.