By Pat Payton
The U-16 Snipers didn’t take home a medal, but the St. Marys team earned high marks for effort, skill and heart at this year’s Snipers ringette tournament.
Jim Burlingham’s team competed in the U-19 division and didn’t look out of place. The Snipers finished with a very respectable 2-1 record, and missed going to the final by just a single point. The entire St. Marys coaching staff was thrilled with the team’s performance in an older age group on the weekend.
In their opening game Friday night, a strong second half propelled the U-16s to a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the London U-19 Lynx. The score was deadlocked 2-2 after the first half, but two powerplay goals early in the second half put The Snipers ahead to stay.
Mel Martin and Cierra Boyer paced the offence with two goals each. Jillian Sterkenburg added what proved to be the winner, and Anaya Larmer chipped in two assists. Acrobatic goalie Arielle Barber had another strong game for St. Marys.
In their second game Saturday afternoon, the U-16s lost 3-1 to the Exeter-Seaforth U-19 squad. Cierra Boyer had the lone St. Marys goal.
The U-16 Snipers completed round-robin play with a 3-2 win over Paris Saturday night. Jillian Sterkenburg, with two, and Mel Martin scored for St. Marys.
In Sunday’s U-19 final, Mitchell edged Exeter-Seaforth 3-2 in double overtime.
Just one win for U-14 Regional team
The Snipers U-14 Regional team started their tournament with a 7-2 victory over Kitchener Friday morning. Abby Martin and Kylie Robertson each scored twice to pace the Snipers’ offence.
In their second start Friday afternoon, the U-14 Regional squad lost 7-1 to Walden (Sudbury area). Jillian Hachler scored the lone St. Marys goal.
In their third game Saturday night, the U-14 Snipers lost 5-1 to Richmond Hill. Megan Richardson netted the lone goal for St. Marys, which finished third in the division.
In Sunday’s final, Walden defeated Richmond Hill 8-7 in overtime. In the U-14 ‘B’ Division final, Cambridge doubled Kitchener 6-3.
Anderson leads Open squad
In the 18-and-over Open ‘B’ division, the Snipers had two games Friday night.
In their opener, Stacey Anderson scored all three St. Marys goals in a 3-1 victory over the Southern Ontario Fury (from Tillsonburg area). Julia Van De Walle drew assists on two of Anderson’s goals, and Brienna-Lee Feeney recorded the win in net.
In their second game, starting at 10 p.m., the Snipers Open squad lost 9-1 to a strong Exeter-Seaforth team. Stacey Anderson scored the only St. Marys goal.
Their weekend came to an end early Sunday morning when the Snipers Open team lost 4-2 to the Guelph Vipers. Stacey Anderson and Richelle Forrester tallied for St. Marys.
In Sunday’s final, Exeter-Seaforth nipped North Dumfries 6-5.
Snipers tourney notebook:
–The U-7 Snipers team played an exhibition game against their Mitchell counterparts on Saturday. All players received medals.
–The U-8 Snipers team started their weekend with an 8-7 loss to Mitchell Saturday morning. Mary McCutcheon had three goals and Kyla Graham two more for St. Marys.
In their second game Saturday night, the U-8s blanked St. Thomas 11-0. Mary McCutcheon had three goals for the Snipers, with Lily Forbes and Olivia Bordman adding two apiece.
The U-8 division did not have a final; all teams received medals.
–In an exhibition game Saturday, Laurier University defeated the Western ‘AAA’ team 5-3.