By Pat Payton
The U-12 Regional Petite team and the 18-plus Open Ladies squad were both finalists in the 12th annual Snipers ringette tournament this past weekend.
In their championship game Sunday morning, the U-12 Regional team trailed 5-0 in the first half, but made a valiant comeback attempt in the second half. Rudy Taylor’s squad closed the gap to 7-6 with still 4:23 to play, before Walden (Sudbury area) tacked on an insurance marker to win the hard-fought contest 8-6.
Billie Sedley led the Snipers with three goals, with the singles going to Erin Sterkenburg, Payton Blight and Natalie Taylor. Cameron Lobb was the playmaker with three assists. Emery Watson was the big shooter for Walden with four goals.
“It was a character builder,” coach Taylor remarked after his team’s first loss of the weekend.
The U-12 Regional Snipers opened their tournament with a 5-2 win over St. Thomas Friday night.
St. Marys led 2-1 after the first half, and Payton Blight’s goal in the first minute of the second half stood up as the winner. Blight and Billie Sedley each had two goals and an assist for the Snipers, with Natalie Taylor adding the single marker.
On Saturday afternoon, the U-12 Snipers improved their record to 2-0 with an 8-6 victory over Walden.
Billie Sedley led the way with a hat trick, while Natalie Taylor had two goals and assisted on the winner by Charlee Henderson. The other singles went to Cameron Lobb and Erin Sterkenburg.
Mackenzie Coufal scored four times for Walden.
In their third game Saturday afternoon, Charlee Henderson and Billie Sedley both scored twice in an 8-0 win over Dorchester. The singles went to Adrianna Hollistelle Black, Payton Blight, Leah Hachler and Cameron Lobb. Sedley and Hachler also earned two assists each.
Clara Brandt notched the shutout for St. Marys, which led 5-0 going into the second half.
Meet strong Exeter-Seaforth entry
The Snipers’ 18-plus Open Ladies team won its first two games, but then lost back-to-back games on Sunday to a strong Exeter-Seaforth entry.
In the championship final Sunday afternoon, Exeter-Seaforth jumped out to a 5-0 first-half lead and then cruised to an 8-1 victory.
Nicole Insley paced the division winners with a hat trick, while Marlee Heywood collected two goals and four assists. Stacey Anderson had the lone St. Marys goal.
The St. Marys 18-plus Open ‘B’ team opened their tournament with a convincing 9-3 victory over St. Thomas Friday night.
Snipers built a commanding 6-1 first-half advantage. Leading the way was Stacey Anderson with a hat trick in the opening 15 minutes. Cassidy Mitchell added a goal and four assists, while Jillian Hammond collected a goal and three assists. The other singles went to Natasha Rae, Dayna Cardiff, Rebecca Myers and Madison Bell.
In their second game Saturday morning, the Open ‘B’ team fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat St. Thomas Railway City 5-3. Snipers held St. Thomas off the scoresheet in the second half.
Cassidy Mitchell fired the winner with just 1:25 to play, snapping a 3-3 tie. Mitchell also assisted on Stacey Anderson’s empty-netter with 8.8 seconds remaining. It was Anderson’s second of the game.
The other singles went to Tanya Colbert and Madison Bell, while Danya Cardiff contributed two assists. Goalie Brienna Lee Feeney played a strong game, making the big stops when called upon.
In their final round-robin game Sunday morning, the Snipers Open Ladies team lost 8-3 to Exeter-Seaforth.
Ali McCann and Marlee Heywood each scored twice for the winners. Cassidy Mitchell, Krystal Ebert and Stacey Anderson replied for St. Marys.
Two third-place finishes
Two Snipers teams–the U-12 Provincial Petite team and the U-14 Regional squad–finished third in their respective divisions and just missed qualifying for final games.
The U-12 Provincial Petites faced some tough competition this past weekend.
In their opening game Friday morning, Snipers lost 5-1 to London, which built a 4-0 first-half cushion. Olive Aarts scored the lone St. Marys goal.
The Provincial Petites’ second game Friday afternoon proved to be an exciting one for the fans. St. Marys and Oshawa Storm settled for a hard-fought 4-4 tie, after a wild second-half which featured six goals–including two shorthanded markers.
Avery Jennings, Ella Brodhagen, Olive Aarts and Jorja Linton scored the St. Marys goals.
The Storm took a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded goal with 6:09 to play. Aarts tied it again just 19 seconds later–setting up an interesting finish. While Snipers were two players short, Linton put her team ahead 4-3. However, Oshawa answered back just 27 seconds later on the same powerplay.
St. Marys goalie Keira Lambourn and Oshawa netminder Rowan Bruce both played well.
In their third game Saturday morning, two goals by Olive Aarts lifted the U-12 Snipers to a 3-2 win over Chatham. Aarts’ second goal came with 8:01 to play and snapped a 2-2 deadlock.
Chloe Richardson scored the other St. Marys goal, while Allison Baker picked up two assists.
In a six-team division, the U-14 Regional Snipers opened the tourney early Friday morning with a 7-4 loss to Goderich Ice Crushers. Megan Richardson scored twice for St. Marys, while the singles went to Jillian Sterkenburg and Anaya Larmer. Sarah Lynch contributed two assists for the Snipers, who trailed 4-2 going into the second half.
In their second game Friday afternoon, Lynch scored two goals–just 39 seconds apart–in a 2-2 tie with Guelph. Guelph got the tying goal with just under six minutes to play.
Out of a playoff spot and playing their final tournament game, the U-14 squad looked to turn things around against Burlington Saturday afternoon. And they did as second-half goals by Jenna Hutton, Sterkenburg and Lynch gave St. Marys a 3-0 victory.
Arielle Barber recorded the shutout.