Three Lightning teams strike Gold in Whitby, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Three Lightning teams strike Gold in Whitby
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, January 11, 2016
Players from the Richmond Hill Lightning’s Open ‘A’, U19A, and U16AA teams that competed in the Whitby Ringette Tournament January 8 – 10 came away with gold medals draped around their necks. 

In a battle of undefeated teams in the Open ‘A’ division (18+), the Lightning faced a strong Durham Flames team in the gold medal final. Although the Lightning never trailed in the affair, the Flames always seemed to be in a position to ignite at any time. After trading goals, the Lightning jumped into leads of 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4; only to see the Flames come back to tie the score each time. The Lightning took a 6-5 lead with less than 2 minutes to play and were able to fend off the Flames to secure gold.

In U19A action, the Lightning opened the tourney with an 8-3 loss to the Ayr Ice Cats before rallying with wins against Guelph 5-4, London 6-1, and Gloucester-Cumberland 5-3 to finish third after round robin play to earn a rematch with Ayr in a semi-final match-up. In the semi the Lightning jumped out to leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 but found themselves tied at 4 with 4 minutes to play. With 1:33 remaining the Lightning scored to advance to the gold medal final against an undefeated Forest team. The Lightning got off to a good start in the final when they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. However, Forest battled back with four straight goals for a 4-2 lead at the half. The Lightning kept battling and scored three goals in less than a minute to take a 5-4 lead with just under 6:30 remaining which they held to the final buzzer in securing gold.

In U16AA play, the Lightning posted a 3 win, 1 loss record after round robin play where their sole loss came at the hands of Ottawa 5-3. The Lightning advanced to the final and a rematch with Ottawa, with a lopsided 14-7 semi-final win over West Ottawa. As with the other gold medal winners, the Lightning found themselves with a 2 goal lead in the final. However, similar to the other finals, their opponent battled back to tie the score at 2. With under 4 minutes to play, the Lightning took a 3-2 lead, however Ottawa tied the score a mere 10 seconds later. Undeterred, the Lightning again took the lead less than 30 seconds later which they held for a 4-3 win and the gold medal. 

Also playing in the Whitby tournament were the Lightning U14AA, U12P, and U9 teams. To view scores and standings go to www.scores2stats.com

In a tournament in Burlington, the U16B-Thompson team was asked to compete in the U19 Regional division. Playing up a division, the Lightning found that the pace was quicker than they were accustomed to as they dropped their opening game 8-0 to St. Clements. The score in their second outing yielded a similar outcome, a 9-2 loss to Mississauga, however the team felt that their compete level had shown improvement. Their final round robin match up was against an undefeated Burlington team that had a win over St. Clements and had tied Mississauga. With lessons learned from their first two outings, the Lightning kept pace with Burlington trading goals twice and then took leads of 3-2 and 5-3 before the half. Burlington came out strong in the second half scoring 4 unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead, however the Lightning continued to battle and eventually tied the score at 7. Unfortunately, Burlington scored a power play goal with 27 seconds remaining to win the game 8-7. The tournament proved to be a good experience and a good showing for the younger Lightning squad.

In other ringette action, The U10-Ianni/Weaver team lost a couple of close 1 goal games in dropping a 7-6 decision to Mississauga and a 9-8 decision to their sister Lightning team, U10-Applebaum. The U12-Harling team defeated Mississauga 8-1 while their sister team, U12-McKnight took out the Pickering Shooting Stars 10-3. The U14A-Chamandy team defeated Markham 8-2 while the U14B-Mews team dropped both their weekend games with a 6-5 loss to Newmarket and a 4-2 loss to Mississauga. The U16A-Roman team defeated Markham 1-0. The NRL Lightning took two out of three weekend games with wins over Bourassa Royal 7-1 and Gatineau Fusion 9-7 with an 8-5 loss to the Montreal Mission sandwiched in between. The Bolts currently sit in fourth place; seven points behind first place Cambridge, with only 2 points separating the second, third and fourth place teams.
 
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