ST. THOMAS – St. Marys U-14 Snipers improved to 4–2 in WRRL action here Saturday as the Snipers travelled to the Elgin Memorial Arena to take on the St. Thomas Thunder.
Although the official score will go into the books as 8-1 (to keep within the WRRL policies on reporting goal differential), Jim Burlingham’s Snipers put the contest out of reach early with the eventual game-winning goal coming in the first four minutes of the game.
From the opening free pass, Snipers were able to transfer what they have been working on in practice and then execute in game conditions. Communication has been a major factor in some missed opportunities in the past, but that was not an issue for this game. Girls were calling for the ring, discussing strategies at whistles, and had their attention always focused on the play in anticipation of what might happen.
Determination and grit are also very important factors in any team success and were clearly demonstrated by Jillian Hachler, Katlyn Kittmer and Kailey McRobert throughout the game. Hachler’s hard work drew two St. Thomas penalties and she also picked up an assist. Kittmer was solid on defence, breaking up several Thunder scoring opportunities and starting a fantastic tic-tac-toe play which led to the fourth St. Marys goal. McRobert continues to see the ice and spot her open teammates with this game being no exception as she earned assists on the Snipers’ third goal and also the final goal of the game.
Saturday’s game was clearly a team effort, with both offence and defence pulling their weight. This was evident by the 37–7 shots on net in favour of St. Marys. Snipers’ goalie Arielle Barber, while only facing seven shots, was very strong in net. Highlight of the night was clearly the oh-so-close, beauty backhand by Ella Taylor who rang the crossbar, but unfortunately the ring came down on the wrong side of the goal line!
The offence was on fire with two Snipers earning hat tricks. Scoring for St. Marys were: Sarah Lynch (4), Anaya Larmer (3), Jenna Hutton (2), and singles to Jillian Sterkenburg and Olivia Nugent. Starting some of those goals and picking up assists were: McRobert (2), Megan Richardson (2), Hutton (2), Caitlynn Jantzi, Celeste Brandt, Kaylee Fowler, Jessica Burlingham, Sterkenburg, Hachler and Larmer.
Upcoming: The U-14 Snipers have a little break in the action, with their next game Saturday, Nov. 24 as St. Marys hosts Forest at the PRC. Game time is 10 a.m.