Team hosting first-place Mitchell this Thursday at the PRC
The St. Marys U-16 Snipers hosted the Goderich Ice Crushers at the PRC in WRRL action last Thursday. The Ice Crushers (0-5) entered the game looking for their first win of the ringette season, while the Snipers were looking to improve on their 2-0 start.
The Snipers dominated play keeping the ring in the Goderich zone for the first four minutes of the game, eventually leading to Celeste Brandt opening the scoring after Jessica Burlingham stole the ring setting up Brandt.
Just nine seconds later, Sarah Lynch put St. Marys up 2-0 finishing off a give-and-go with Jillian Sterkenburg. Goderich got on the board in the eighth minute with their first shot on net, making it a 2-1 game. Anaya Larmer scored on the ensuing change of possession, putting the Snipers ahead 3-1, but the two-goal lead was short-lived as the Ice Crushers scored just nine seconds later bringing it back to a one-goal game at 3-2.
Keeping the fast and furious goal scoring going, Lynch fed Sterkenburg, who made no mistake putting St. Marys up 4-2 after the teams had scored four goals in a span of just a minute and a half.
With four minutes left in the half and while shorthanded, Cierra Boyer boosted the Snipers’ lead to 5-2 with Larmer picking up an assist. Lynch notched her second of the half as she and Sterkenburg combined again with two minutes remaining. Grace Shearer closed out the first-half scoring after being set up by Mel Martin — giving St. Marys a 7-3 advantage at the break.
After out-shooting Goderich 23-7 in the first half, it appeared the Snipers were on their way to a dominant outcome. However, the Ice Crushers and six St. Marys penalties had other plans! The visitors netted three consecutive goals, closing the gap to 7-6. Goderich was back in it! Fourteen of the 16 shots the Crushers had on goalie Arielle Barber came on the powerplay.
With four minutes to play, the Ice Crushers went on another powerplay, but a great defensive play by Caitlynn Jantzi broke up a cross-ice pass. The ring squirted out to the neutral zone where Martin picked it up and fed Boyer in the attacking end. Boyer fired a hard shot past the Goderich goalie, giving Boyer her second of the night while giving the Snipers some breathing room at 8-6. St. Marys hung on to secure the win and improve to 3-0.
The U-16 Snipers host first-place Mitchell (6-0) this Thursday, Nov. 28 at the PRC at 7:15 p.m.