Southern Regional Ringette Championships - Results, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Southern Regional Ringette Championships - Results
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, April 4, 2016
The Richmond Hill Ringette Association (RHRA) sent six teams to compete in the Southern Regional Ringette Championships held in Paris, Ontario over the weekend of April 1 – 3 with four Lightning teams bringing home medals.

U10

With four separate U10 divisions, the Lightning’s two U10 teams were placed in separate divisions; however neither the Applebaum, nor the Ianni/Weaver team, were able advance to the medal round in their respective divisions. 

The surprise team of the tournament was the Lightning’s U9-Price squad which advanced to the gold medal of the U10-Gold division where they were playing up a division. After starting the tournament with a 5-2 loss to the St. Catherine Comets, the Lightning bested Hamilton 9-2 and then Caledonia 8-1 to finish second in the division and set up a rematch with the Comets in the Gold medal final. The final saw the Lightning carry a 1-0 lead into the final frame on a goal by Yaara Yonathan. The Comets tied the score at 1-1 before Lily Kraemer gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead. Harnni Thavanesarajah made several key saves for the Lightning in net while they held on to their slim margin before Alexa Hamilton gave the Lightning some much needed insurance when she netted her sixth goal of the tournament with just over 2 minutes remaining. The Comets scored under a minute later but the Lightning held on for a 3-2 win and the Gold medal.

U12

The U12-Harling team earned a berth in the Gold medal final after posting a 2 win, 1 loss record during round robin play where their sole loss was 5-3 decision to Paris. The Lightning would get an opportunity for redemption in the final where they were tied 2-2 heading into the final frame thanks to goals by Marlee Wilks and Caelynn Wiseman. However, Paris opened the final frame with 3 quick goals to go up 5-2. Ashelle Adams narrowed the score to 5-3 before Paris restored their 3 goal lead. Jayden Balilti brought the Lightning within 2 goals again before Paris netted a pair to go up 8-4 en route to a 9-5 final to relegate the Lightning as Silver medalists. Wiseman was the second leading point getter in the division with Balilti, Wilks, and Alexa Togneri finishing in the top ten. Read about this team's story in the Central League.

U14

The U14-Mews squad went undefeated during round robin play; defeating Caledonia 6-0, Cambridge 5-2, and Niagara Falls 4-3 to earn a bye into the Gold medal final. The Gold medal final was another match up with Cambridge where the Lightning had to come from behind twice on goals by Madeleine Diecidue and Julia Mews to finish regulation play tied at 2-2. Emma Di Pietro was forced to make several key saves in net down the stretch and again in overtime during a penalty kill. At 8:09 of the extra frame, Madeline Angaran netted the overtime winner and her team leading fifth goal to keep the Lightning’s undefeated record in tact, while at the same time securing the Gold medal. 

U16

The U16-Thompson team was also looking to go undefeated during tournament play where they were victorious over Hamilton 9-3, Cambridge 5-3, and Caledonia 6-3 during round robin play before besting Hamilton 4-2 in a semi-final match to reach the Gold medal final. The final was a match against a strong Etobicoke team which the Lightning has had very competitive matches with during the season. Etobicoke jumped out to an early 2-0 lead which they held on to going into the final frame; however the Lightning stormed back with goals by Vivian Araujo and Kylie Thompson to knot the score at 2-2. With the clock ticking down and overtime looming; a little know rule was exercised at the final buzzer that would see Etobicoke awarded a penalty shot with no time remaining on the clock. The violation that resulted in the penalty shot was from an ineligible player attempting to defend against a player in a restricted area. 

Ruling 5, 19.4 states: A Penalty Shot is awarded, during the last two minutes of regulation time or at any time during overtime if the ring is in an end zone and a skater, in excess of the maximum number permitted in that defending zone restricted area deliberately enters that area and becomes involved in the play while there are too many skaters in that area. 

The Referee determined that there was still one second remaining on the clock when the violation occurred and therefore awarded a penalty shot to Etobicoke.  Etobicoke scored on the penalty shot to win the game 3-2 and relegate the Lightning as Silver medalists. Despite the unfortunate outcome, this team far exceeded the expectations by finishing first overall in League play even though they did not have a regular goaltender. The team regularly relied on the services of an underage hockey goaltender, Jordan Ho, who played well beyond her years. When Ho was unavailable the team would use call ups from within the organization or use a regular roster player in net. 

Great Showing by our Lightning teams!
 
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