RHRA Teams Bring Home 1 Gold and 5 Silver Medals, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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RHRA Teams Bring Home 1 Gold and 5 Silver Medals
Submitted By Steve Zanon on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It was an action-packed weekend over December 4-6 for nine Lightning teams participating in the Pickering and Mississauga ringette tournaments.  U16AA brought home gold, while U12R (Harling), U14A, U19A, U19AA, and Open A teams brought home silver medals!  Read on for the exciting details.....

Pickering Tournament Summary

Five teams travelled to the Pickering Ringette Tournament, with a strong showing by every team.

U10 (Ianni/Weaver)

In their first tournament of the year, the U10-Black team faced strong competition,  losing hard fought games against Newmarket and West Ottawa, and wrapping up the round robin with an exciting 6-5 win over Oshawa.  Strong performances in net from Vanessa and Meghan kept the team competitive, and leading the point count were Hannah Weaver, Isabel Ianni and Agnes Laliberte.  Solid assists came from Sophia Laliberte, Zoey Sconci, Quinn Mortense and Angelina Di Tacchio.

U12R (Harling)

The U12-Harling team performed well in the round robin, with an 8-1 win over Sunderland, a 9-2 victory against the host Pickering team, and a hard-fought loss to Oshawa 10-6.  This effort earned the girls a spot in the gold medal game with a re-match against Oshawa.  Goalie Ashley made some impossible saves to keep things close, but ultimately Oshawa won the final game 8-5.  Congratulations on the Silver Medal Performance.

U12P (Ianni)

The U12P- Ianni team competed in Pickering, finishing round robin play with a record of 3 wins and 1 tie.  They started the tournament with 4-4 tie against the eventual gold medal winning team from Whitby.  Despite solid wins over West Ottawa (7-0), Metcalfe (8-1) and Gloucester Cumberland (8-3) the team failed to advance to the medal round.  The team had a balanced offensive attack with strong defensive play and goaltending allowing just 8 markers in 4 games.  Abigail Gelfand and Emily Haskins notched their first goals of the season.

U14A (Chamandy)

Richmond Hill's U14A team brought home the silver medal from Pickering this weekend - their first medal of the season!  They faced off against neighboring Markham to start the tournament and came away with an impressive 8-1 win, but the competition only got tougher from there.  Their next opponent was Kitchener.  Richmond Hill started off strong, outscoring Kitchener 4-1 in the first period.  Zahra Mustin followed up with another goal early in the second, completing her hat trick, but the team began to lose steam and Kitchener came back with 3 unanswered goals.  Thankfully it was not quite enough for Kitchener to come away with the win, and Richmond Hill was 2-0.  Next up was Burlington and a tough game with 14 minutes of penalties called. Richmond Hill led the scoring until the final minute of the first period, but couldn't regain the lead as Burlington bested them with a score of 6-4.

After watching some of Upper Ottawa Valley's previous game, the girls knew they had to give it their all to come away with a win.  It was a close game with lots of speed and determination, but they only got as far as a tie, 2 all.  It was all they needed to get them to the final game where they would face UOV once again.  It was an exciting, fast paced game, with the scoring going back and forth till the very end.  Despite Kailey Trottier's stellar defence and hat trick, as well as outstanding goaltending efforts by Haley Zanon, UOV outscored them by one goal to take the gold.  Gaby Damien was surely missed, as she was out with an injury, but the team worked hard and their efforts were rewarded in SILVER! 


Open A (Todd)

The Open A team won its first "medal, the Pool B "Silver metal" (although it was a $50 cheque but the spirit's the same). The team went 3 and 1 in the round robin (winning against Ajax, Whitby and Durham, losing only to Markham) outscoring the opponents 25-11. The team lost a close, back and forth battle with Hamilton, 5-3 in the final. Sarah Ianni, Karen Duguay, and Courtney Gibson lead the way in scoring for Richmond Hill with 6 goals each. Meaghan Todd and Sarah Esmail provided solid secondary scoring with 3 goals each, with Brittany Petersen helping out with a pair and Erica Ogden and Nicole Morris having one helper each.

Mississauga "Must" Tournament Summary

Four Richmond Hill teams descended on the Mississauga “Must” Tournament, with strong performances across the board.

U16A (Roman)

The U16A team had another successful tournament posting a record of 2 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss, narrowly missing a trip to the gold medal game on a goal differential of less than 1 goal.  Highlighted by strong defense and great goaltending, the team allowed only 8 goals over the 4 games. Offensively, the U16A team was lead by Jacqueline Schulz, with 5 goals and 1 assist and 5 points from Kara Cseh.

U16AA (Sarjeant)

RHRA_U16AA_Mississauga_Gold_Medal-3.jpgThe U16AA team brought home a gold medal in dominating fashion.  The team cruised through round robin plan with decisive wins over Oshawa (9-2), Nepean (8-1), North East (6-0), and Cambridge (7-1). This earned the Lightning the top seed and a match-up with the host Mustangs in the final.  Two goals each for Jada Laliberte and Katie Vandeloo, singles for Racheal Dickie and Mackenzie Snelgrove, and a shutout for goaltender Victoria Gosio led to a convincing 6-0 win.

Dickie (10 goals and 10 assists) and Laliberte (11 goals and 5 assists) paced the team and the division overall while Elena Gamm and Gosio provided excellent goaltending throughout with a combined goals against average of 0.8.

U19A (File)

U19A Lightning team took home a silver medal in Mississauga  after squeaking into the final on a tie breaker after going 2-2 in round robin play. They got a rematch in the gold medal final against a tough Elora-Fergus team who defeated them 5 - 1 in round robin play. The Lightning lead all the way in the gold medal game until the final 4 mins before falling 4-3. The U19A team was lead by Meg Casbourn with 9 points and Talia Brock with 8 points over the weekend.

U19AA (Sandercock)

RHRA_U19AA_2015_Mississauga_Tournament_Silver_3.jpgThe U19AA team entered its second tournament of the season with a mission to find consistency in their play and to win their two ranking games.  With that in mind they accomplished what they set out to do.  Apart from a lackluster 2nd period in their opening non-ranking game vs Guelph which resulted in a 6-1 loss, the Bolts won its remaining three round robin games in a decisive manner, 6-3 vs Seaforth (ranking), 6-3 vs Cambridge, and 5-2 vs Mississauga (ranking).  The three wins earned them a spot in the Final and a re-match versus Guelph.  The team was behind 3-1 midway through the final period but came back to tie the game 3-3 with about five minutes left in the period.  After the Bolts missed a few good chances early in OT, Guelph stormed back to score a goal and win it, handing the Bolts a silver medal.  Outstanding play by all the players but special mention to Madison Sandercock who led all U19AA players in scoring with 10 points.

The team now takes a break for the AAA Challenge Cup being held in St. Marys Dec 11-13 before resuming league play and its next tournament in Cambridge early in the new year.

Congratulations to all of the girls on a job well done. Keep it up.  GO LIGHTNING!
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