St. Marys Norampac U-9 Ringette Snipers pulled off a split this past weekend, losing to Elora-Fergus on Saturday and winning against Kitchener on Sunday.
On Saturday at the PRC, Snipers appeared to be more excited about a visit by Santa on the ice before the game than they were about the game.
Getting the call in net was Anaya Larmer who made some great saves early on, but she couldn’t do it alone. Snipers fell behind 4-0 before Olivia Nugent found the net after a great feed from Jessica Burlingham to make it 4-1.
Elora-Fergus would score two more before Sarah Lynch took a pass from Nugent with 29 seconds remaining in the period to make it 6–2. Unfortunately, that was all Snipers could muster and took the loss.
On the road to Kitchener
On Sunday evening, the U-9 Snipers travelled to Kitchener to take on the Wildcats. Putting on the pads was Lynch, who was looking to her teammates to help secure a victory.
There wasn’t much of a wait as Nugent made a cross-ice pass to Kaylee Fowler to open the scoring at the 40-second mark. Kitchener answered back with two quick goals on the ensuing shift to take a 2-1 lead.
Unfazed by the lead change, Snipers quickly tied it at 2-2 when Meghan Richardson passed it in front to Fowler who made no mistake, firing one low and hard.
Moments later, Burlingham took a feed from Jillian Sterkenburg and the Snipers were once again on top. Wildcats came right back, but Lynch made the glove save to preserve the lead.
Megan Richardson then made a great steal, intercepting a Kitchener pass and took it in alone to put St. Marys up by two.
The teams traded goals (Fowler) in the remaining minutes of the first, and Snipers took a 5–3 advantage into the intermission.
Coach Peter Westelaken kept his team fired up during the break and Norampac scored two more in the first two minutes of the second to open up a 7–4 lead.
Scoring was Sterkenburg and Fowler. Wildcats added one more, but that was all as St. Marys left town with a 7–5 victory.
After the game, Arielle Barber was asked to comment on the team’s performance and she was quick to reply with a huge smile, “good!”