Boyer scores three times in 7-0 victory over Dorchester in final 2019 game
DORCHESTER – In WRRL action Saturday evening, the St. Marys U-16 Snipers travelled to the Flight Exec Centre here to take on the Dragons. The Snipers entered the game tied for first place with Mitchell, so they were looking to grab sole position with a win.
It didn’t take long for St. Marys to get on the board as Cierra Boyer opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game as Anaya Larmer sent a streaking Boyer in for a 1-0 lead. Dorchester tied the score four minutes later, but it was short-lived as Jillian Cunningham put the Snipers up 2-1 with a powerplay goal. Grace Shearer and Jessica Burlingham picked up the assists.
Unfortunately, the Dragons then went on a powerplay and were able to capitalize with their special teams unit, tying the count 2-2. With the tying goal, Dorchester gained a little spark and quickly added another for a 3-2 advantage. With 1:33 to play in the first half, Sarah Lynch scored to knot the score 3-3, with Jillian Sterkenburg and Kierra Batton earning assists.
In the second half, the Dorchester powerplay unit struck again, taking a 4-3 lead midway through the frame. A minute later, though, with teams playing even strength, Lynch tied the score again as she fired her second of the night, making it 4-4. Boyer drew an assist with six minutes remaining.
With three minutes to play, the Snipers were called for a tripping penalty. However, on the delayed call, the referees could not determine who the culprit was. Shayla Lane, who was not even on the ice when the penalty occurred, was selected by the official to serve the penalty. The team used this confusion to take a little breather before coach Jim Burlingham called a time-out to prepare his team for another penalty-kill.
With 1:24 left, and playing shorthanded, Cunningham passed to Sterkenburg who netted the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner as the Snipers squeaked out a hard-fought 5-4 win.
Arielle Barber earned the net win as St. Marys out-shot Dorchester 23-19. With the victory, Snipers moved into first place in the U-16 Division with a 10-2 record. St. Marys hosts the Dragons again Sunday, Jan. 12 at the PRC.
Close out 2019 with win
The U-16 Snipers closed out 2019 with a win as they blanked the Dorchester Dragons
7-0 on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the PRC.
Both teams were short four players, but it appeared to affect Dorchester more so as the Snipers out-shot the Dragons 29-19, allowing Arielle Barber to record her third shutout of the season.
The Snipers led 5-0 after the first half and picked up another two in the second. St. Marys killed off six penalties including one, two-man advantage while allowing only seven shots on net. The Snipers also scored two powerplay goals in five attempts, which is the first time this season they have scored multiple powerplay goals in a game.
Cierra Boyer earned the hat trick, scoring three times, while Jillian Cunningham, Sarah Lynch, Kaylee Fowler, and Jill Sterkenburg added one apiece. Assists were collected by Lynch (2), Sterkenburg (2), Boyer and Jessica Burlingham.