St. Marys finishes regular schedule with 18-3 record
St. Marys U-16 Snipers completed their WRRL regular season this past weekend with a home-and-home series against the London Lynx.
On Saturday, Jim Burlingham’s Snipers travelled to Kinsmen Arena in London for the opening game. The defensive lines comprised of Jillian Cunningham, Kaylee Fowler, Celeste Brandt, Caitlynn Jantzi and Katy Kittmer provided a solid perimeter around goalie Arielle Barber, allowing only five shots on net in the first 14 minutes of the opening frame.
A late St. Marys penalty allowed five additional shots in the closing minute as Snipers out-shot the Lynx 22-10 while taking a 4-0 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the four-goal advantage appeared to cause a sense of content as the Snipers were out-shot 20-16, with each team scoring a pair of goals as St. Marys took the game 6-2. Scoring for the Snipers were: Fowler, Sarah Lynch, Cierra Boyer, Jessica Burlingham, Anaya Larmer and Jillian Sterkenburg. Earning assists were: Sterkenburg (2), Burlingham, Brandt, Mel Martin, Larmer and Fowler.
On Sunday afternoon, the U-16 Snipers hosted the Lynx at the PRC in front of a boisterous crowd of supporters. The fans were into the game early as St. Marys opened the scoring just 50 seconds in and never looked back en route to a 7-0 victory.
It was a total team effort as Barber was sharp in net for her fourth shutout of the season. The defence was also pivotal as they stood their ground, and started breakouts leading to many rushes while contributing on five of the seven goals. Defensive players picking up assists were: Jantzi, Brandt (2) and Larmer (2). Also collecting assists were: Boyer (3), Burlingham, Grace Shearer and Shayla Lane.
Scoring for St. Marys were: Martin and Lynch with two apiece, Shearer, Burllingham and Boyer.
With the win, the Snipers finish the season with a solid 18-3 record and 36 points, still currently sitting in first place. However, Chatham (14-2-1 and 29 points) and Mitchell (14-3-0 and 28 points) still have four games remaining, with one head-to-head match-up. St. Marys is in a wait-and-see situation from this point forward to see who the regular season champion will be.
Regionals start March 27 in London.
The U-16 Snipers travel to Niagara Falls this weekend for the annual Niagara Falls Daredevils tournament. The U-16 division is comprised of three pools with four teams in each. Snipers are in the Red Pool with Caledonia, Cambridge and Chatham.