RICHMOND HILL – Happy to spend their PD Day on the ice, Rudy Taylor’s St. Marys U-12 Regional ringette team travelled here on the Feb. 1-3 weekend, with big hopes for a medal.
The Snipers squared off against the Sunderland Stingerz in game 1. Sunderland is located about 60 miles northeast of Toronto.
Sunderland 6 – St. Marys 3
The first period remained scoreless as each squad sized the other up until Leah Hachler fed the ring to Billie Sedley to open the scoring. Sunderland responded quickly as No. 6 fired one past goalie Clara Brandt. With minutes left, she fed the ring to No. 87, who also found the back of the net.
Play resumed in the second half with Sunderland racking up another pair before Taylor called a time-out. The pep talk worked as moments later Hachler passed to Erin Sterkenburg who sent the ring to Payton Blight, who flipped the ring past the goalie. With less than a minute to go, Abby Martin drew two minutes for holding, but that didn’t stop Adrianna Hollestelle-Black from dishing the ring to Sedley, who completed the scoring.
Done for the day, the U-12 team checked into the hotel and gathered for some strategy talk in the pool after dinner. As the rest of their fans arrived, the team called it a night as Game 2 would be an early start.
St. Marys 10 – Richmond Hill 3
Vowing not to repeat Friday’s outcome, the St. Marys girls were on fire against Richmond Hill. Natalie Taylor found forward Charlee Henderson, who fired the ring over the goalie’s right pad. Minutes later, Henderson passed to Taylor who also connected with a nice shot.
Play continued back and forth, with newest Sniper Maya Thistle earning an assist on Hachler’s next goal–tying the score. Incredible stick-checking by Leah Van Straaten helped reduce the shots Brandt would deflect, while Melanie Goad and Emma Carr functioned as playmakers; setting up goals for Henderson, Sedley, Taylor, Martin, Lobb, Blight, Hollestelle-Black and Sterkenburg.
It all added up to a convincing 10-3 Snipers’ victory.
St. Marys 9 – Newmarket 2
Fueled by the win, Cameron Lobb wasted no time putting the Snipers first on the scoreboard against Newmarket. St. Marys dominated this game, where almost every girl earned at least one point in a lopsided 9-2 win.
Snipers finished round-robin play in second place and would face off against Sunderland in the gold-medal contest.
Sunderland 6 – St. Marys 2
Snipers would hold the lead early in the first half, before coming up short at the end. Sunderland’s No. 6 and No. 87 fired more than 28 shots at goalkeeper Brandt, who was outstanding all weekend long.
“I am proud of how our girls played,” coach Taylor reported. Silver medals for Taylor’s U-12 Regional squad capped a good weekend.