Ontario U12 Provincial Festival - Results, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Ontario U12 Provincial Festival - Results
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, April 11, 2016
All three Richmond Hill Ringette Association (RHRA) U12 Lightning teams were in Ottawa this past weekend to participate in the Ontario U12 Provincial Festival.  With over 400 girls taking to the ice, this annual event showcases the best ringette has to offer for girls 10 – 12 years of age across the province of Ontario.


Playing in the Casson division, the McKnight team opened the tournament with a solid 8-1 victory over their regional rivals from Whitby before skating to a 4-4 tie with Gloucester-Cumberland where Sydney Nobes scored in the final minute of play to keep the Lightning out of the loss column. In their next outing, the Lightning were trailing Clarence-Rockland 1-0 at the half, but came back with 3 unanswered goals in the final frame to win 3-1 and remain undefeated. Their final round robin match was against another regional rival from Pickering who held a 3-2 lead going into the final frame; however the Lightning once again scored 3 unanswered goals to take the match 5-3 and finish first in the division and secure a spot in the gold medal final. The final was a rematch with Gloucester-Cumberland where the Lightning came out strong and led 3-0 at the half on their way to a 5-0 victory and the gold medal. Kiera Roberts got the shutout in net and backstopped the Lightning with a division leading 1.8 goals against average. Natasha Willi led the Lightning in scoring with 11 points and finished 2nd overall in division scoring with Reegan Powell, Sydney Nobes, and Nandini Desaigoudar finishing in the top ten. 


Playing in the Gough division, the Harling team got out of the gate quickly by jumping into a 2-0 lead against the eventual gold medalists from Arnprior before their opening match was 3 minutes old.  However the Lightning ran into a bit of penalty trouble which Arnprior used to shift the momentum the other way as they went on to down the Lightning 4-2. The next outing was a see-saw battle with Upper Ottawa Valley where the lead changed hands several times before UOV eventually took the match 6-5. With their backs against the wall, the Lightning knew that they needed to win their final 2 games in convincing manner while relying on specific outcomes of other matches just to have a chance at playing in the gold medal match.  The Lightning routed their regional rivals from Oshawa 7-0 to keep their quest alive, and finished with a decisive 7-4 victory over West Ferris; but it wasn’t enough as the required outcomes needed in the other matches failed to materialize. The Lightning finished as a solid third place team with four players in the top ten in scoring with Marlee Wilks finishing second, Alexa Togneri fourth, Michelle Pham fifth, and Caelynn Wiseman tenth.


Playing in the Jacks division, the Ianni Provincial team opened the tournament against a strong Forest team which may have been looking to exact some revenge on the Lightning. The last time these two teams met was in the gold medal final of the Richmond Hill Tournament where the Lightning prevailed with a 5-0 shutout. In this meeting Forest took a 2-0 lead into the final frame; however the Lightning battled back to tie the score at 2-2 with 3-1/2 minutes remaining. Forest did exact their revenge when they scored with just over a minute remaining and held on for a 3-2 victory. The Lightning’s next outing was against Metcalfe where Metcalfe held 2 goal leads four times at 2-0, 3-1, 4-2, & 5-3; however the Lightning battled back and eventually took the lead at 6-5 with just over 4 minutes to play. Metcalfe rallied and was able to net another goal and the game ended in a 6-6 tie. The Lightning then incurred one of those forgettable losses against West Ottawa who skated away with a 7-1 victory. Their next outing was a hard fought penalty-filled battle with the eventual gold medalists from Kitchener which ended in a 2-2 tie. Their final match provided some redemption as they defeated West Ottawa 4-2 in a rematch; however it wasn’t enough to get them into the medal round. Kiana Fraser was the top point getter for the Lightning finishing fifth overall in the division standings.
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