Recently, the St. Marys Norampac U-9 Snipers participated in the Kitchener Golden Ring tournament, Feb. 8 and 9.
Despite being shut out in the wins column, the girls represented St. Marys ringette very well and earned the respect of the other teams bringing home the Sportsmanship Award.
Tournament scorers for Norampac were: Sarah Lynch and Megan Richardson with two goals and one assist each, Jessica Burlingham with one goal and two assists, Jillian Sterkenburg with one goal and one assist, Isabella Aarts with two assists, and Arielle Barber with one assist.
Playing net were Fowler, Sterkenburg and Lynch.
This past weekend, the Snipers hosted the North Wellington Ringers at the PRC in an early-morning game.
Barber got the call in net and was given a three-goal cushion, thanks to Aarts, Olivia Nugent and Lynch who each chipped one in within the first three minutes of the contest.
The Ringers answered back with two of their own, closing it to 3–2. On the ensuing shift though, Aarts fed Lynch who extended the lead to 4–2.
Midway through the period, Richardson was called for interference and it looked like the Ringers might get back into it. However, special teams capitalized thanks to a steal by Burlingham who had a great pass to a streaking Lynch. She beat the netminder in a shorthanded effort, giving Snipers a 5–2 advantage.
The penalty killers were not done, just as Richardson was stepping out of the box, Aarts looked up and fed Richardson who broke in making it a four-goal lead at 6–2.
The Ringers, however, answered and eventually took the lead early in the second, but the home-town Snipers pulled out a 10–9 victory.
Four for Lynch
Scoring for St. Marys was Lynch with four; Richardson and Aarts with two; and Nugent and Burlingham with one. Picking up assists were: Burlingham, Anaya Larmer and Aarts with two apiece; and Nugent, Lynch and Niamh Brennan with one each.
Barber recorded the win in net.
No sooner did the Wellington North game conclude, than the Snipers had to travel to Cambridge for an afternoon game. Despite losing to the Turbo’s in their previous meeting, the Snipers were ready and willing to play, easily taking the game 8-2.
Aarts volunteered to play net this game and recorded the win. Scoring for St. Marys were Sterkenburg and Richardson with three apiece, and Fowler and Regan Frayne picked up one each. Assists went to Fowler with three, Frayne with two, Larmer, Lynch, and Burlingham with one apiece.
After the game, Sterkenburg was asked about her performance and her team’s performance. Sterkenburg thought long and hard before replying “good” to each. Parents were equally proud of the team’s efforts as Amy Brennan described the game as “really good!”
Upcoming: The U-9 Snipers get a little break before taking on Woolwich at the PRC this Saturday, Feb. 22.