Snipers edge Mitchell 9-8 in final game at Golden Ring in Kitchener
By Pat Payton
KITCHENER – It’s another tournament win for the St. Marys U-12 Provincial Petites!
After winning the Waterloo Winterfest tournament early last month, the U-12 Snipers headed back to the K-W area and captured the U-12 PP Golden Ring tournament in Kitchener, held over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend.
The Snipers opened the tourney with an 11-6 victory over Mitchell on the Friday morning. St. Marys held a slim 5-4 advantage after the first half, but broke it open by out-scoring the Stingers 6-2 in the final 15 minutes.
Adrianna Hollestelle-Black and Billie Sedley both had hat tricks for the Snipers in the high-scoring affair, with Charlee Henderson contributing two goals and two assists. Libby McCurdy added a goal and two assists and Melanie Goad three assists.
In their second start on the Friday afternoon, the Snipers downed Waterloo 6-2 with Henderson leading the way with three goals and one assist.
St. Marys trailed 2-1 after the first half, but pumped in five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes. Sedley had a goal and two assists, while the other singles came off the sticks of Leah Van Straaten and Hollestelle-Black.
In their third game Saturday at noon, Payton Blight clicked for two goals and an assist in a tight 4-3 win over Kitchener. Sedley and Kate Vermeiren, with the winner, also scored for the Snipers, who took a 3-1 lead into the second half.
In their fourth and final preliminary game early Sunday morning, the U-12 Snipers dropped an 8-4 decision to Whitby, which charged out to a 5-1 first-half lead. Hollestelle-Black had two of the St. Marys goals, with Sedley and Natalie Taylor adding the singles.
It was Whitby’s lone win of the tournament.
Sunday afternoon’s final pitted first-place St. Marys (3-1) against second-place Mitchell (2-1-1). There was a little drama even before the teams hit the ice. Snipers’ goalie Clara Brandt was involved in a car accident on her way to the game, about 15 minutes from the arena. The St. Marys coaching staff approached the Mitchell team which graciously loaned the Snipers their spare pair of pads and sticks. Unfortunately, they were much too small for St. Marys’ back-up goalie and so another player (Sara Vermeiren) who fit the pads took to the net.
After being cleared to play, Brandt’s aunt drove her to the arena where she joined the game partway through the first period.
It was a tight game, with play going back and forth. The Snipers led 6-4 after the opening 15 minutes, but Mitchell had one goal-leads twice in the second half.
Adrianna Hollestelle-Black tied the score at 8-8 with 3:35 to play, and then fired the winner with 1:17 left on the clock. Payton Blight assisted. The Stingers also took a penalty in the final minute, which helped the St. Marys’ cause.
Hollestelle-Black finished the game with four goals and one assist, while Sedley collected three goals and two assists. Blight and Leah Hachler had the singles, while Mayla Thistle chipped in two assists.
Torie Czajkowski had five goals for Mitchell.
–With head coach Rebecca Myers on holidays, assistants Jeff McCurdy, Tanya Colbert and Jason Vermeiren coached the Petites in Kitchener.
–Snipers’ tournament scoring stats. In their five games, Billie Sedley had nine goals and four assists, while Hollestelle-Black had 10 goals and one assist. Charlee Henderson added five goals and three assists, Payton Blight four goals and three assists, and Natalie Taylor two goals and four assists.
–There were champions crowned in 12 different divisions in Kitchener.