Three consecutive wins after holiday break for Snipers
Early in the New Year, the U-10 Snipers ringette team is finding its stride under the guidance of their bench staff.
“It’s really starting to come together for this team,” coach Christen Graham commented following their latest streak “as a result of the coaching of Regan Mitchell, Meg Bader and Cassidy Mitchell.”
The St. Marys players are learning their way, setting up plays, supporting each other and developing the same love of the game their mentors show every time they step on the ice.
St. Marys 12 Waterloo 7
In their first game since the break, the U-10 Snipers were fired up. Playmakers Lilly Murphy and Carlie Muir fed the ring forward to their centres, Kacey Graham and Tayla Paulin, showing there is as much glory in the assist as there is in the goal.
Lily Hollestelle-Black added another to the mix, off-setting her penalty later in the game. Devanne Frayne stood tall between the pipes, blocking several shots.
St. Marys 8 Guelph-M 6
Travelling to the University of Guelph barn, Carlie Muir was pumped to don the pads and help her team earn another win on the road. The Predators may have been first on the board, but
Graham, fed by forwards Lilly Murphy and Jaseena Cates, netted two goals to give Snipers the lead.
Paulin shot high on the glove side to put the Snipers up by two. Defensive lines Danica Lye and Leighton Lichti, along with Isabella Fluttert and Sydney McLeod, were quick to double back and clear the zone and end the period 3-1. Guelph stepped up first in the second half to tie the score 3-3 in the first minute.
Mitchell settled her crew down and a strong pass from McLeod to Graham put the Snipers back in the lead. The lead would switch back to Guelph. With less than three minutes left, Lily Hollestelle-Black fired a pass to Cates to tie things up. Cates sent another past the defender and Murphy delivered a beauty shot to earn her hat trick and seal the win.
St. Marys 12 Dorchester 5
Back at home, fans wondered if the winning streak would continue. Frayne headed back in as Goalie, Fluttert moved to forward and Sophie Stewardson slid to defence. Partnered with McLeod, the duo showed off their skills, back checking fiercely in support of Frayne.
Stewardson was quick to feed the ring forward once she got control. The forward lines were also committed to team play as four of the first six St. Marys goals were spread between players.
The Snipers had the lead at the end of the first half and never looked back. Equally impressive, these girls went penalty-free for the duration of the game.
This week sees Graham’s U-10 crew back on home ice Saturday, Feb. 8 to face off against Kitchener at 11 a.m.