Final Four Finish at Nationals and 3 All Star Selections, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Final Four Finish at Nationals and 3 All Star Selections
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The 2014 Canadian Ringette Championships were held in Regina, Saskatchewan April 6 through 12 with teams from Richmond Hill competing in U19 and NRL play.  The U19AA-Craig team qualified to play in the national tournament after finishing third in the Ontario Provincial Finals.  The NRL Lightning advanced to the Championships after sweeping Riv Sud Revolution in a best-of-three playoff.

Despite not bringing home any hardware, this has been one of the best showings for teams from Richmond Hill at the National Championships.  At the end of the tourney, Richmond Hill’s U19AA Melissa Simone and Lianna Collins were both named to the U19 1st All Star Team while Beth Hurren was named to NRL 2nd All Star Team and serves notice that Richmond Hill is producing players and teams that can compete on any stage.

The U19 team got off to an excellent tournament start by reeling off 4 straight wins over teams from Manitoba 6-3; British Columbia 9-2; Nova Scotia 8-4; and Quebec 4-3 (O/T) to set up a battle of undefeated teams in their final round robin match against Alberta.  Alberta took the match 7-5 in a game where special teams were prominent as both teams scored short handed goals, however Alberta made good on 2 power play opportunities which made the difference in the score that relegated the Lightning to a 2nd seeding position entering second round action.  In the second round the Lightning began with a solid 6-1 win over Lac St. Louis before facing a very determined New Brunswick team in a very closely fought match.  New Brunswick took an early 1-0 lead before the Lightning jump ahead 2-1 only to see NB knot it a 2 shortly thereafter.  The Lightning took leads of 3-2, 4-3, & 6-4 however NB came back each time to tie the score and force overtime where Mackenzie Craig was the hero scoring the winner for the Lightning.  U19AA-team.jpgThe team fell flat in their next game dropping an 8-3 decision to Nepean, however they still advanced to the final four and a semi-final match up with the Edmonton Elite.  The semi-final was a tight checking affair where a power play marker became the difference in a 3-2 loss that sent the Lightning to play in the bronze medal final and a rematch against Alberta.  The Lightning jumped into an early 3-0 lead in the bronze medal final and had a 6-2 lead before Alberta stormed back with 4 unanswered goals to tie the score and force overtime where Alberta completed the comeback with a power play goal at 8:09 into the extra frame to capture the Bronze.

In NRL action, the Bolts started the Championships slowly with one win against two losses when they dropped games to Montreal 7-4 and Cambridge 9-2 with a win against Edmonton 7-2 sandwiched in between.  The Lightning began to turn it around with wins over Calgary 7-6 and Gloucester 5-3 and needed a win against Waterloo to stay in the hunt for a berth in the final.  However, Waterloo played spoiler with a 5-3 win despite the Lightning recording 50 shots on goal in the contest.  The Bolts knew that regardless of the outcome in their final game they would not advance, however they showed a lot of character in putting together a solid 6-4 win over eventual gold medalists, Ottawa Ice to finish in fourth overall.




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