St. Marys U-14 Snipers entered the weekend riding a five-game WRRL winning streak.
On Saturday morning at the PRC, the streak was extended to six games as Snipers hosted the Dorchester Dragons. Despite the game being delayed 10 minutes by a technical problem with the new score clock, St. Marys came out strong as Jessica Burlingham set up Jillian Sterkenburg who opened the scoring on the first offensive rush of the contest.
Snipers scored two more in the first half and five in the second as St. Marys took the game in convincing fashion, 8-2.
Goalie Arielle Barber picked up the win, and also picked up the highlight save of the year to date. With one minute remaining in the first half and Dorchester pressing, Barber turned away a shot. The ensuing rebound went to the opposite side of the net as the Dragons’ forward had a wide-open net. Just as Dorchester was ready to celebrate, Barber dove post to post, stopping the shot in mid air. An amazing save!
Sterkenburg netted the first goal of the game and the following Snipers also scored: Sarah Lynch (2) Megan Richardson (2), Kaylee Fowler, Burlingham and Jenna Hutton. Assists went to: Burlingham, Sterkenburg, Lynch (2), Fowler, Kailey McRobert and Olivia Nugent.
Three for Larmer
Also on Saturday, the U-14 Snipers headed to Mitchell for an afternoon game and were looking to keep their winning streak alive. At the intermission break, it was a very even affair as shots were 12-12 and the score was deadlocked 1-1.
Anaya Larmer scored the first-half goal for the Snipers. Mitchell picked up two more in the first five minutes of the second half, before Larmer scored St. Marys’ second goal at the nine-minute mark on the Snipers first shot of the half.
With Mitchell holding a 3-2 lead, Lynch dropped a pass to McRobert who tied the game 3-3 with still seven minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, a questionable Snipers penalty with five minutes to play, and a St. Marys miscue of not putting enough players out for the free pass, led to a quick Stingers goal. Mitchell then capitalized on the momentum shift, scoring another two in a span of a minute and a half to grab a 6-3 advantage.
Snipers got one back as Sterkenburg broke in, making it 6-4. Mitchell made it 7-4, before Larmer picked up her hat trick with five seconds remaining as St. Marys lost 7-5.