Four Lightning teams go to finals in Pickering / Nov 28-30 Wknd Summary, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Four Lightning teams go to finals in Pickering / Nov 28-30 Wknd Summary
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Wednesday, December 3, 2014
All four Richmond Hill Lightning teams entered in a ringette tournament in Pickering recently, returned with medals draped around their necks.  Three of the four teams went undefeated to finish in top spot after round robin play, with the four teams combining for an impressive 14 win, 1 loss, and 1 tie record en route to the finals.

Playing in the U12 Provincial division, the U12P-Ianni team went undefeated throughout the tournament to capture the gold medal.  Buoyed by the stellar defensive efforts of Caden Lee, Kiana Fraser, and Caroline Routledge; along with a pair of shutouts in net by Haley Zanon; the team posted a meagre 0.6 goals against average.  While the defence was getting it done in their own end, the offence was getting it done at the other. U12P_Pickering_Gold_edited.jpg Scoring for the Lightning were Haleigh Beam with 13 goals, Sydney Stabler with 11, Camilla Kernohan with 7, and Kailey Howell netting a pair with Kaylin Joy chipping in with 5 assists, Ava Ianni with 3, and a pair of assists each from Makayla Nunno, Michaela Peron and Kyla Ciomyk.

In the U16 division, goaltending and strong defence was again a major factor in securing the gold medal.  The U16B-Thompson teams’ regular goaltender, Erica Siow, came up huge in a narrow 2-1 victory over a strong team from Nepean to open the tournament in a game where the Lightning were outplayed.  However, Siow was not available for the rest of the tournament, nor were there any goaltender call-ups available from other Lightning squads. Consequently, the team turned to Katrina Da Silva from the U16B Mississauga Mustangs to fill in.  With the defensive core of Elizabeth White, Lida Silvestri, Kathrine Hamilton, Jessica Ewere, Vivian Araujo and Kylie Thompson in front of her; Da Silva was able to shut out all opponents she faced including a well earned 3-0 shutout over Nepean in the final.  U16B_Gold_-_Pickering_V2_edited.jpgA well balanced attack saw every forward position record a point in the tournament thanks to Rachel Angaran with 6, Alessandra Tuzi and Amy Thompson with 5, Grace Dutra and Serena Perera with 4, Danielle Pelletier with 3, Bianca Isidoro and Jocelyn Langlois with 2 and Lyndsay Reid with 1.

Playing in the U12 regional division, the U12-Mews team went undefeated during round robin play outscoring their opponents 26-8. The final was a rematch against a strong Oshawa team who had lost to the Lightning 5-3 during round robin play.  Despite another strong outing by the Lightning, Oshawa came up with an outstanding performance in posting a 6-2 victory to relegate the Lightning as silver medalists. 

Playing in what was likely the most evenly matched division, the U14A-West team needed to win a semi-final match in order to reach the final.  All seven teams in their division had an identical record of 1 win and 1 loss after 2 games. After winning their third game, the Lightning found that a win in their final round robin game would put them in first place over all, whereas a loss would put them out.  Trailing 4-2 to the London Lynx with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in that final round robin game, the Lightning rallied for 2 goals in a 15 second span to tie the game and secure a berth in the semi final and a rematch against London which the Lightning won 5-3.  In the final, the Lightning jumped into an early 3-0 lead against Nepean who the Lightning had defeated 3-1 during round robin play.  However, Nepean stormed back with 5 unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead with 3 minutes to go.  The Lightning scored with less than 2 minutes remaining to make it close but Nepean came right back less than a minute later to thwart any further thoughts of a comeback en route to a 6-4 victory.

In other ringette action, the U9-Applebaum team has been playing some good games of late despite what the scoreboard reveals.  Beginning with an 11-7 loss to the Newmarket Rays, the Lightning kept it close mid-way into the second half before the Rays broke it open. Sabah Esmail continued to wield the hot stick for the Lightning netting five goals with Hannah Weaver potting the other two. Their next outing was another close decision, this time a 7-5 loss to Oshawa.  Hannah Weaver donned the goalie pads and put in an excellent effort while Vanessa Kernohan and Esmail netted a pair of goals each with Isabel Ianni netting the other. Their latest outing saw excellent improvements in passing, positioning and overall team play.  Kamalini Vundemodalu was phenomenal in net, frustrating a Sunderland Stingerz team that swarmed around her.  The Lightning had jumped into a 2-0 lead on goals by Carlyn Joy and Hannah Weaver but despite the superb checking efforts of Esmail, Natalie Applebaum, Aaliyah Natsheh, Caitlyn Ling, Brynna King and Nicole Pham; the Lightning was unable to hold off a determined Sunderland squad that battled back for an eventual 3-2 victory.

The U10-Laughlin team played Newmarket at home and won a hard fought battle 5-4. The U12-Chamandy team, fresh off their gold medal performance a week earlier, kept their winning ways in tact as they won a pair of home games with a 6-1 victory over Ayr and a 5-3 victory over Newmarket before going on the road and downing Sunderland 9-4.  The U14B-Giordan team dropped an 8-4 decision to the visiting Newmarket Rays while the U16AA-Sarjeant team was on the wrong end of a 5-2 score in their home tilt against the Waterloo Wildfire.  The U19A-File team dropped the first of their three weekend games 4-3 against Mississauga before turning it around with a 6-4 decision over Whitby. Leading the attack with a pair of goals each were Jacqueline Badgery and Lisette Schulz with singles coming off the sticks of Talia Brock and Madeline Boyle and two assists from U16A call up Megan Malipatan.  The team followed with a solid performance at both ends of the rink in defeating Ajax 5-0.  Erica Priolo recorded the shut out in net while Madeline Boyles netted a pair of goals with singles coming from Meg Casbourn, Jacqueline Badgery & Lisette Schulz.  The OpenB-Todd team defeated the York-Simcoe squad thanks to a two goal performance from Veronica Peacock, including the winner, with Erica Ogden, Jackie Wong, and Julie Simone rounding out the scoring.  The NRL Lightning had a busy weekend playing a couple of exhibition games in the Challenge Cup in Pickering while also travelling to Waterloo where they beat the Wildfire 7-5.
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