RICHMOND HILL – After a bit of a dip in the temperatures, the St. Marys Snipers U-9 ringette team was ready to heat things up at the 32nd annual Richmond Hill tournament on the Feb. 1-3 weekend.
Coaches, parents and volunteers packed bags, food and other essentials to make a clear run to Richmond Hill. The U-9 Snipers were eager to get on the ice against a local rival, Dorchester Dragons, in their first battle for the ring.
Dragons fought hard in the first half, and although it wasn’t an easy task, they managed to slip one past the Snipers defenders and goalie. The St. Marys coaching staff rallied the troops during half-time and Snipers came back for a big second period. Goals by Kacey Graham and Josephine Binning put the local squad ahead, with the playmakers being Devanne Frayne, Paisley Wood and Deanna Muir.
With 32 seconds left on the clock, Dorchester managed to bring the score a little closer, but not quite reaching the mark. At the final buzzer, Snipers owned a 3-2 win.
Game two of the tournament ended in a 5-5 draw between St. Marys and the hosting Richmond Hill club.
Josephine Binning came out of the gate in the first minute of play as she tucked one into the
back of the net. From there, the game was like watching a tennis match. A goal here, a goal there.
The two teams were incredibly evenly matched and it made for an excellent game of ringette. Defenders Tayla Paulin and Lily Hollestelle-Black kept the Lightning at bay, while Marci Linton earned an assist on Madison Crooks’ goal to add to the scoreboard. Binning got a little help from Sydney Haanstra at the start of the second half as Snipers tied the score.
The third battle of the weekend made it so there was an “early to bed” curfew for all. The 8 a.m. starting time found the Snipers up against the Lightning and the hosting team had something to prove–coming off the bench and putting the first ring behind the goalie within the first two minutes.
Danica Lye, Kristen McKichan and Evelyn Borg worked hard to hold off the Lightning attack, while Sadie Somers was on fire tending the Snipers’ net. The St. Marys squad didn’t let anything faze them as they battled back to bring the final count to a 4-4 tie.
Richmond Hill and St. Marys took to the ice again in the final, both teams searching and digging hard for that gold medal. With the Snipers taking the first goal just 15 seconds into the game, the crowd was set for a great battle!
Emerson Borg worked hard making those passes count, but the clock ran out and the Snipers rounded out their first away tournament with the silver medals.
The entire U-9 ringette team played their hearts out. They love the game, they love to be together as a team and that is what counts. There’s so much more to learn, but playing hard and being part of a team is an incredible place to start.
Note: Congratulations to the U-16 Snipers ringette team, coached by Casey Boyer, which recently won the Kitchener Wildcats Golden Ring tournament.