Team relentless in 6-0 win Sunday in Dorchester
St. Marys U-14 Snipers split a pair of games this past weekend in their second week of WRRL play.
On Saturday, the Snipers travelled to Goderich to take on the Ice Crushers at the Maitland Recreation Centre. After 20 seconds, it looked like Goderich came to crush their opponent–scoring on their first shot on net.
Ice Crushers added five more in the first half, cruising out to a 6–1 lead by the intermission break. Scoring the lone St. Marys goal of the first half was Jillian Sterkenburg from Jessica Burlingham and Kaitlyn Kittmer.
To start the second half, it looked like Goderich would grab another, but Kittmer broke up the play in front of Snipers’ goalie Arielle Barber. Play eventually went to the neutral zone where Anaya Larmer hit Sterkenburg streaking in and she notched her second of the game, making it 6–2 Goderich.
Forty-four seconds later, Sarah Lynch stole the ring from a Goderich defenceman and found the back of the net–closing the gap to 6–3. Snipers kept on pressing, but it was Ice Crushers who took advantage of a turnover to open up a four-goal lead once again at 7–3.
Not to be outdone, Snipers continued their comeback effort as Larmer picked up the ring in the offensive zone, making no mistake and leaving the visitors down 7-4. St. Marys’ efforts continued to be rewarded as Sterkenburg and Lynch got together for a nifty give-and-go as Sterkenburg picked up her hat trick with two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, it was all the Snipers could muster as they fell 7–5.
Relentless attack in Dorchester
On Sunday, the U-14 Snipers travelled to the Flight Exec Centre in Dorchester to take on the Dragons.
St. Marys’ late game surge from the day before carried over as the Snipers were relentless in their attack. Outshooting Dorchester 39–17, Snipers handily took the game 6–0 as Barber recorded her first shutout of the season.
Scoring for the Snipers were Larmer, with two, and Burlingham, Lynch, Jenna Hutton and Megan Richardson with the singles. Earning assists were Hutton (2), Olivia Nugent (2), Jillian Hachler, Richardson, Larmer and Lynch.
Assistant coach Stacey Anderson was pleased with the effort saying the girls, “worked really hard on improving on the fundamentals that we have instilled on them and excited to see that they are progressing very well.”
It was those fundamentals that catapulted Snipers to the win as many little battles were won on the ice. The team is starting to play their positions and look for openings. Coach Jim Burlingham summed up the game saying, “the girls played strong, hard and organized against the Dorchester team.”
Upcoming: The U-14 squad is now 2–2 early in the season, and they take on Mitchell this Saturday, Nov. 3 at the PRC, staring at 12 noon.