On Saturday at the PRC, the U-10 St. Marys Cement Snipers hosted the undefeated, league-leading Dorchester Dragons in ringette action.
Snipers were looking for their first victory of 2015 and during the first five minutes of the game, it looked as though that may be possible. Five minutes in, Dorchester had what was turning into a great two-on-one opportunity, but Snipers defender Caitlyn Jantzi broke up a sure scoring opportunity.
Unfortunately, a minute later, Dragons broke in again and beat goalie RJ Martin to open the scoring. On the ensuing free pass, Snipers had a slight communication problem which resulted in a Dorchester steal and subsequent goal.
Dragons added two more goals in the first half for a 4–0 lead, but despite being out-shot 17–2 Snipers were still in it.
On the opening pass of the second, a scrum ensued in the Dorchester end, and Jillian Sterkenburg picked up the ring, skated around the net and beat the Dragons’ netminder for a powerplay goal and closed the lead to 4–1.
Dorchester was quick to get back on the attack, but a great clearing play by Olivia Nugent stopped the momentum and turned away a potential threat.
Dragons would not let up and eventually opened up a commanding 7–1 lead. It looked as though the visitors were going for their eighth, but Alexandra Binning intercepted a sure breakaway pass and quickly turned the play to allow Snipers to go on a rare offensive attack.
St. Marys was able to keep the ring in the Dorchester end for brief period of time, but it was long enough for Isabella Aarts to pick up a rebound and give the Snipers their second goal on only their fourth shot.
Dragons were eager for more, but Jenna Hutton stopped a fast moving Dorchester forward, intercepting the pass headed for the front of the net. Although never giving up, Snipers gave up a few more goals as they took the loss.
What a difference a day makes
On Sunday, the U-10 Cement Snipers travelled to the University of Guelph to take on the Guelph Predators, and what a difference a day makes.
Perhaps it was the pre-game pep talk, but the Snipers were aggressive right from the start. Despite giving up two quick goals in the opening two minutes, goalie Kaylee Fowler settled in nicely stopping several point-blank shots allowing St. Marys to go on the offensive.
Once in the Predators’ zone, Anaya Larmer was on the prowl hunting down the two Guelph defenders and stealing the ring. Larmer then cut to the front of the net and fired one low and hard beating the Predators’ goalie and closing the gap to 2–1.
Guelph added another late goal in the half to take a 3–1 advantage into the intermission.
In the second half as Predators worked in the Snipers’ end, Ella Taylor made a huge steal that led to an odd-man rush up the ice. Lynch made it 3–2 with assists going to Sterkenburg and Regan Frayne, but it was Taylor who got things started despite not showing on the gamesheet.
Two minutes later, Fowler was doing her part to keep the Snipers in it, as she stone-walled a Predators centre on a breakaway. The stop was fantastic but on the ensuing rebound, a cross-ice deflection found the net, giving Guelph a 4–2 lead.
Quick to bounce back, Taylor broke up a play in the defensive end, finding Lynch in the neutral zone. She hit a streaking Frayne, who notched the Snipers’ third goal and closed the gap to 4–3.
Guelph added a last-minute goal, taking the game 5-3, but it was the Snipers’ aggressiveness and team effort that were the highlights of the game!
Next up, the U-10 Snipers host London at the PRC this Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:15 p.m.