MITCHELL – St. Marys U-10 White team went into the final game looking to take the gold from Mitchell U-10 here at the recent Stingers tournament, hosted by Mitchell ringette.
Carrie McKichan’s Snipers again came off the bench ready for business. Defenders Peyton VanStratten and Evelyn Borg had their sticks down and were ready to defend goalie Emerson Borg.
The Stingers were fast on the ice and pushed back as much as possible, but forwards Madison Crooks, Deanna Muir and Brooke Hahn refused to give up and with the help of centre Joey Binning the goals started to find the back of the Mitchell net. Meanwhile, defenders Kirsten McKichan and Aryn Sheldon tried to stop the home-town Stingers from scoring in the St. Marys net.
The score went back and forth throughout the entire game. The fans were sitting on the edge of their seats, and the coaches were hoarse from yelling.
Snipers’ forwards Isla Ritchie and Amy Shearer pressed on, with centre Marci Linton, helping to keep the win within St. Marys’ grasp. With less than 10 seconds left in the game, Snipers were down by two but they refused to accept defeat. Kirsten McKichan popped the ring into the top corner of the net just as the buzzer sounded — bringing the final score to 9-8 for Mitchell U-10.
Binning second in points
Earlier this season, the St. Marys U-10 White team came up against this same Stingers squad and went home with a huge regular-season loss. Now, just a few short weeks later, the Snipers showed everyone in the Mitchell arena that they are getting nothing but stronger as a team.
A huge “shoutout” to Joey Binning for finishing second overall in points for the entire tournament in the U-10 division.
In three earlier games in the Mitchell tourney, the U-10 White team tied Tillsonburg 3-3, tied Waterloo 8-8, and defeated another Mitchell team 11-8.
At this rate, the St. Marys Ringette Association’s annual Snipers tournament this weekend, Dec. 6-8, is bound to be a showstopper. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch ‘The Fastest Game On Ice.’