LONDON – St. Marys U-16 Snipers competed in the 39th annual ‘Pink the Rink’ tournament here this past weekend, hosted by the London Lynx Ringette Association. Snipers travelled to Kinsmen Arena, the Flight Exec Centre and Western Fair Sports Complex in their first tournament of the year.
The St. Marys girls were eager to hit the ice as they had played only one game leading up to the tournament, and for the first time this season the entire team skated together. Snipers were prepared for an uphill battle as they drew Dorchester Dragons in their opening game.
Unfortunately, some sloppy play, errant passes and too much time in the penalty box allowed Dorchester to open up a 3-0 lead before Emmy Jeffery took advantage of a juicy rebound — putting St. Marys on the board with a minute remaining in the first half.
Dragons opened the scoring in the second half, giving them a 4-1 lead, before Sarah Lynch fed a streaking Mel Martin who went top shelf — bringing Snipers to within two. Dorchester was quick to add another two on the powerplay, then Kaylee Fowler found the net as Anaya Larmer sent her in — bringing St. Marys closer at 6-3.
Lynch and Martin connected again with six minutes to play, pulling the Snipers to within two. Martin completed the hat trick 20 seconds later, but that was all the offence St. Marys could muster, and the Snipers fell 6-5.
On Saturday, the U-16 squad faced Chatham in their second game. Unfortunately, 14 minutes in penalties, being out-shot 38-17 (with 13 of those shots coming while being a player down), and several panic passes allowed Chatham to cruise to a 7-0 victory over the Snipers, which ultimately put them out of contention for a playoff berth.
In their final game of the tournament, Snipers took on the Whitby Wild in a game that proved when you start playing together, communicate, and begin to learn from mistakes, good things happen!
St. Marys opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game on a great give-and-go from Lynch to Sterkenburg putting Snipers on the board. Lynch and Sterkenburg combined again making it 2-0, before Martin made it 3-0 with Shayla Lane picking up the assist.
The Wild beat goalie Arielle Barber early in the second half, making it a 3-1 game. However, Sterkenburg wasn’t finished as she and Lynch combined one last time, allowing Sterkenburg to pick up her hat trick and seal a much-needed 4-1 win for St. Marys.
The U-16 Snipers resume league play this week as they travel to Fergus on Thursday to take on Elora-Fergus for an 8 p.m. start. Snipers’ first home game will be Nov. 21 as they host Goderich at the PRC at 7:15 p.m.