5 Lightning Teams earn Medals, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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5 Lightning Teams earn Medals
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, February 2, 2015
The Richmond Hill Ringette Association (RHRA) hosted their 28th annual Ringette tournament the weekend of January 29 to February 1, with five of the host entries coming away with medals.

In the U10 division, the Lightning’s U10-Harling team took the Gold in a wild back-and-forth game outlasting their opponents from West Ottawa 10-9. The Lightning took a one goal lead three times in the first period, only to see West Ottawa come back and tie the game each time. Early in the second half the Lightning scored their third goal in a row to take a commanding three-goal lead, but West Ottawa kept chipping away to pull within a goal. U10-2_edited.JPGThe teams then traded goals before West Ottawa went on a three goal spree of their own to take their first lead of the game at 8-7 with nine minutes to play. Taryn Joy, who already had a hat trick in this game, scored the next three goals to give the Lightning a 10-8 lead with just under 5 minutes to play.  West Ottawa got within a goal with just over a minute to play before time ran out on another possible come back.  Three Lightning players were in the top five in scoring with Taryn Joy finishing in second spot with 24 points; Alexia Himelfarb in third with 15; and Mary Rose Batthish in fourth with 14.

The U16B-Thompson team also found themselves in a wild back-and-forth gold medal match before eventually rallying for a 6-5 victory over Oshawa. The game carried much emotion for the Lightning players who wanted to dedicate the win to fellow teammate Bianca Isidoro who is recovering in hospital from a serious car accident. U16B_Gold_-_RHRA_Tourney_-_V2_edited.jpgThe Lightning took an early 3-1 lead on goals from Danielle Pelletier, Amy Thompson, and Rachel Angaran before Oshawa stormed back to take a 4-3 lead. The Lightning retook the lead at 5-4 on goals by Jessica Ewere and Kylie Thompson with 3 minutes to play. Oshawa quickly shook off the Lightning rally and marched down the ice to tie the game 15 seconds later. Coach Thompson took a time out after the Oshawa tying goal to allow the girls to refocus their emotions and regroup. The move seemed to pay off as tournament scoring leader Kylie Thompson netted her seventh goal and twelfth point with 2:14 remaining to give the Lightning the win and the gold medal.

In the U12 Regional division, the Lightning’s U12-Chamandy team was facing a strong Mitchell Stingers squad in the gold medal final with whom they had tied 3-3 during round robin play.  The Lightning got off to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Lauren Hood and Madeline Anagaran before the Stinger attack swarmed the net to take a 3-2 lead by the half. The Stingers stung for another goal early in the second half to take a two goal lead before Kathleen Murphy brought the Lightning back within a goal. The Stingers restored their two goal lead but Nandini Desaigoudar brought the Lightning within a goal again with just under five minutes to play. A Lightning comeback was stymied when the Stingers restored their two-goal lead with just over 3 minutes to play, relegating the Lightning as silver medalists. Playing in the same division was the Lightning’s U12-Mews team who played well in tying the eventual gold medalists 1-1 during round robin play. 

The U14A-West team finished round robin play with a respectable 3 win, one loss record; however all matches were extremely close as they only outscored their opponents 17-15 in the four games. Getting to the gold medal match meant that the Lightning needed to get past a strong Waterloo team in a semi final match up. Having lost to Waterloo 3-1 during round robin play, the Lightning took an early lead and never trailed in an eventual 4-3 decision. Facing Ottawa in the final, the Lightning fell behind 1-0 early but tied the score less than 2minutes later on a goal by Marisa McRae. The teams played a very tight checking game with neither team getting much room offensively until Ottawa went ahead during a man advantage opportunity. Ottawa then went up by two on another man advantage opportunity before eventually posting a 5-1 victory to relegate the Lightning as silver medalists.

The U16A-McKinght Lightning team took their 3 win, 1 loss record into the gold medal final against a strong team from Forest whose only loss during round robin play was a close 5-4 decision against the Lightning. In the final, Forest jumped into an early 1-0 lead before the Lightning’s Amanda Cuthbert tied the score and then jumped ahead 2-1 on a goal by Isabel Boni with less than 5 minutes remaining in the first half. The Lightning were unable to generate anymore offense until the dying minutes of the game when Kara Cseh scored while the Lightning enjoyed a two man advantage. However, in between the Boni and Cseh goals, Forest netted six goals en route to a 7-3 victory that sent the Lightning home as silver medalists.

In other tournament action, and in what was likely one of the most evenly matched divisions; the U12P-Ianni team posted a solid 3 win, 1 loss record at the end of round robin play, but failed to advance when they dropped a 5-4 overtime decision in a semi final match up to the eventual gold medalists from Ajax, who again needed overtime in the final. The U14AA-Roman team posted a 1 win, 2 losses, and 1 tie record with their lone win coming against the eventual silver medalists from Mitchell. Similarly, the U16AA-Sargeant team played well in posting an identical 1 win, 2 losses, and 1 tie record; losing a close 4-3 decision to the eventual gold medalists from London. Their tie came against the eventual silver medalists from Mississauga. The U19A-File team’s compete level was solid in all four games they played, but found themselves on the wrong end of the score in all four contests where three of the games were determined by a single goal, with the other game finishing in a 5-3 score.

Tournament 50/50 and Raffle Prize Winners

Karen Beam was the winner of the 50/50 draw; Genessa Palmer won a RCA 32” LED HD TV; Sascha Duntsch won a Samsung 7”, 8 GB Galaxy Tablet with Wifi; Diana Dalbello won a pair of Maroon 5 Concert Tickets; Nicki Fowler won a pair of NBA Raptors vs Portland tickets; Andy Ianni won a Nintendo 3DS XL; Karen Duguay won an ION Block Party Portable Speaker; E. White won a Milwakee 18v Combo Drill Kit; Stephen Fraser won a Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker; Misty Garside won a pair of Beats Headphones; Joann Burnett won a Keurig K10 Mini with K-Cups; Sean West won a Keurig K10 Mini with K-Cups; Jace Corncer won a Griddle with Multiple Plates; Ian Harling won a Cineplex Odeon Movie Gift Basket; Kate Kozak won a Wine Gift Basket; and Joanne Burnett won a One Night Stand - Wine Gift Basket. 

For full tournament game results and statistics please visit www.score2stats.com
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