Ringette Champion in St. Marys

This past Easter weekend saw local resident Jessica Armstrong, a member of the Forest U19A ringette team, compete at the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championship in Montreal.  The U19A division was very well-balanced and featured the following teams:  Team Nova Scotia, Team Ontario (City of Ottawa), Team Quebec, host team St. Hubert and Forest.  Day one of competition started with a win and a tie for the Forest squad, tying Team Quebec 2-2 and beating Team Ontario 2-1.  Day 2 of the competition saw a tie with Team Nova Scotia (2-2) and a win over St. Hubert (7-1).  This record put the Forest squad in first place of round robin play and gave them an automatic bye to the gold medal game on Sunday.  The final on Sunday was intense, team Forest vs Team Ontario.  These two squads had met several times through-out the season and were very competitive, equally sharing the wins and losses.  The game started strong for Team Ontario, they controlling the play for the first 5 minutes.  It wasn’t until half way through the first that the Forest squad scored.  They scored again before the period ended to make it 2-0.  The second period saw the Forest team controlling the ring for much of the play, ultimately keeping Team Ontario at bay and not allowing any goals.  The final score was 2-0 for Forest.  This is the second U19A Eastern Canadian Ringette Championship win for Jessica, having played on the 2014 Team Ontario (St. Marys) squad coached by Donna Levy and Peter Westelaken.  It’s quite an accomplishment to reach the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championship, a team must qualify by finishing either first or second at the Ontario Provincial Championship.  This Forest team had a very successful year, winning all 4 of its tournaments and finishing second to City of Ottawa at the Ontario Provincial tournament. Congratulations Jessica on such an awesome accomplishment.

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