Powerful U-12 St. Marys team moving up to Provincial level in the New Year
By Pat Payton
Look out U-12 Provincial ringette teams . . . the St. Marys Snipers are coming!
The Snipers have competed as a Regional team for the first half of the season. However, they are moving up to the Provincial level for the second half of the season–starting in the New Year.
In the 13th annual Snipers tournament this past weekend at the PRC, the U-12 Snipers showed why the team is more than capable of playing much stiffer competition.
In four tournament games, the Snipers out-scored their opposition 56-4. In Sunday afternoon’s final, Rebecca Myers’ squad skated to an easy 13-0 win over a beleaguered team from Walden (from the Sudbury area). The St. Marys U-12s scored at will, while Walden got few scoring chances or shots on net.
Adrianna Hollestelle-Black and Kate Vermeiren paced the Snipers offence with three goals each. Billie Sedley and Leah Van Straaten added two goals apiece, while Payton Blight was a playmaker with five assists.
The Snipers led 3-0 before the game was five minutes old, and 6-0 at the halfway mark. Clara Brandt picked up the shutout in the lopsided affair.
The U-12 Snipers were one of three St. Marys ringette teams to win a division title on the weekend. The U-14 Provincial squad and the U-10 team, coached by Carrie McKichan, were the other teams that earned gold medals.
Altogether, 43 teams played a total of 70 games in the three-day tournament, which featured nine teams from St. Marys. There were seven age division finals played on Sunday.
The powerful U-12 Regional team kicked off their tournament with a lopsided 15-0 win over St. Thomas Friday morning.
Libby McCurdy sparked the Snipers’ offence with three goals, while Kate Vermeiren, Sarah Vermeiren, Adrianna Hollistelle-Black and Leah Hachler each scored twice. Clara Brandt recorded the shutout.
The U-12 squad trounced Walden-Minto 16-2 in their second game Friday afternoon.
Natalie Taylor and Cameron Lobb both fired hat tricks for the Snipers, while Leah Hachler, Adrianna Hollestelle-Black and Billie Sedley had two goals apiece.
The U-12 Snipers completed round-robin play with another one-sided victory Saturday. This time, Rebecca Myers’ team defeated Walden 12-2. Billie Sedley fired a natural hat trick, and drew two assists as well, while Kate Vermeiren added two goals to a balanced scoring attack.
Avenge earlier loss
Sparked by outstanding goaltending from Keira Lambourn, the U-14 Provincial team blanked Guelph 3-0 in their division final Sunday. It featured the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the division. The Guelph team had nipped Kelly Linton’s squad by a goal in preliminary-round play.
In the championship game, Lambourn stole the show with a spectacular performance. Guelph fought hard, out-shooting St. Marys 34-25, but the Snipers’ goaltender was the difference in the tough-checking game.
Emily Deighton’s goal just 17 seconds into the contest stood up as the winner. Olive Aarts, who had a strong tournament, added a shorthanded goal later in the period. Courtney Linton added another insurance goal midway through the second half. Lambourn, meanwhile, stayed unbeatable in the final 15 minutes, making big save after big save.
The U-14 Provincial team started their weekend with a 6-2 win over Kitchener Friday morning. Olive Aarts and Ella Brodhagen both clicked for two goals and two assists for St. Marys.
In a hard-fought game Friday afternoon, the U-14 Provincial squad skated to a 4-1 victory over Barrie. Olive Aarts score twice for St. Marys, after the teams were deadlocked 0-0 going into the second half. Keira Lambourn, who had another strong game, lost her shutout bid with just 1:31 left to play.
The U-14 Provincial team watched their record slip to 2-1 after losing 4-3 to Guelph Saturday morning. Emily Deighton, Olive Aarts and Maddy Dixon accounted for the three St. Marys goals.
The U-14 squad clinched a spot in the final with a 5-1 victory over Mississauga Saturday night. Emily Deighton, Courtney Linton, Raella Brodhagen, Olive Aarts and Ella Brodhagen connected for the Snipers.
High-scoring U-10 final
Two teams from St. Marys staged a very entertaining final game in the U-10 division.
Unofficially, Carrie McKichan’s squad won the championship game 11-6. However, the score could have also been 10-7 some fans claimed. Anyway, McKichan’s U-10s emerged as the winners, defeating Regan Mitchell’s team in front of a big, noisy home-town crowd Sunday.
Mitchell’s squad led 4-2 after the first half, but the White team–powered by hard-working Joey Binning–rallied in the final 15 minutes. Binning led her team with five goals, with Marci Linton adding a hat trick and Deanna Muir two more goals.
Kacey Graham had three goals for Regan Mitchell’s U-10 team, with teammate Tayla Paulin contributing two more in the high-scoring affair.
In their opening game of the tournament Friday afternoon, the McKichan U-10 team rolled to a 9-1 win over Walden. Joey Binning led the way with four goals, and Amy Shearer found the back of the net three times for the Snipers.
The McKichan U-10 team continued their winning ways Saturday morning with a 13-4 victory over Goderich. Amy Shearer and Joey Binning were the big shooters with five goals apiece. Marci Linton added a pair of tallies.
In their third game Sunday morning, the McKichan U-10s defeated London 10-3. Joey Binning powered the Snipers attack with six goals, with Marci Linton chipping in a pair.
Other U-10 team also goes 3-0
Regan Mitchell’s U-10 St. Marys team also posted a perfect 3-0 record in preliminary-round action.
The Snipers started their weekend with a 10-3 victory over Goderich Friday morning. Kacey Graham netted four goals, and Tayla Paulin added three more to propel the St. Marys attack.
In the U-10 Snipers’ second game Friday afternoon, Regan Mitchell’s squad rolled to a 10-0 win over London. Kacey Graham collected two goals and three assists to lead the way. Lilly Murphy, Tayla Paulin and Jaseena Cates added two goals apiece, and Devanne Frayne earned the shutout.
Regan Mitchell’s U-10s stayed undefeated with a 13-2 victory over Walden Saturday morning. Kacey Graham had a big game for St. Marys with five goals. Lilly Murphy and Lily Hollestelle-Black contributed two goals apiece, while Jaseena Cates collected a goal and four assists in the one-sided affair.