St. Marys U-14 Snipers had back-to-back home games this past weekend and took full advantage of the friendly confines of the PRC.
On Saturday, Jim Burlingham’s Snipers hosted the Ringers from Wellington North. Kaylee Fowler opened the scoring in the eighth minute giving St. Marys a 1-0 lead as Jenna Hutton fed Fowler off a free pass allowing Fowler to enter the offensive zone beating the Ringers’ netminder.
Sarah Lynch picked up the second and third Snipers’ goals, with assists going to Meghan Richardson and Jillian Sterkenburg. Anaya Larmer grabbed St. Marys’ fourth goal of the opening half as Lynch passed to Larmer who broke in giving the home team a 4-1 cushion going into the intermission.
Forty-five seconds into the second half, Lynch found Richardson in front of the net and Richardson scored–boosting the St. Marys lead to 5-1. Snipers continued to roll with another two goals in the next 90 seconds to give them a commanding 7-1 advantage. Caitlyn Jantzi picked up the Snipers’ sixth goal on a feed from Sterkenburg, and Larmer connected for her second of the game from Hutton.
Jessica Burlingham closed out the scoring for St. Marys, netting the Snipers’ eighth goal as Sterkenburg collected her third assist of the contest.
The 8-1 win improves the Snipers’ record to 3-2 for the second half of the season. Goalie Arielle Barber earned her 12th win of the season, turning away 17 of the 18 shots she faced.
Controversial late call
On Sunday, the U-14 Snipers hosted Elora-Fergus who also had a 3-2 record coming into the game. Larmer opened the scoring in the third minute of the game off a free pass from Olivia Nugent, giving St. Marys a 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived though as Elora Fergus opened a 3-1 lead before Fowler took a free pass from Kailey McRobert and broke in–making it 3-2 to close out the first half. Shots on net were 6-5 in favour of the Snipers.
In the second half, Richardson tied the score 3-3 on a feed from Celeste Brandt in the 10th minute. Two minutes later, Fowler and McRobert hooked up again, on the exact same free-pass play, giving St. Marys a 4-3 advantage.
With one minute to play, Sterkenburg was streaking to the net ready to shoot, and was stopped in her tracks by a Elora-Fergus defenceman who stepped in front of Sterkenburg with both players falling to the ice on the contact. The referees’ arm went up signalling a penalty, and the fans were excited at the powerplay potential.
However, the excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the penalty was called against Sterkenburg, for charging? Coach Burlingham questioned how a player with the ring, going in for a shot on net could be called for charging, but to no avail. The penalty stood and Elora-Fergus scored with 32 seconds remaining to gain a 4-4 tie.
Elora-Fergus out-shot the Snipers 18-5 in the second half, and 23-11 overall. Both teams now have 3-2-1 records which temporarily ties them both for second place in the WRRL Red Division behind Exeter-Seaforth. Snipers travel to Seaforth on Feb. 18 to take on the Explosion.