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Gold and two Silver for Lightning teams
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, December 5, 2016
The U10-Ianni team offence went into high gear at the Mississauga MUST Annual Ringette Tournament over the December 2 to 4 weekend posting 34 goals in 4 games en route to capturing the gold medal. 

After scoring only 1 goal by half time of the first game, the Lightning put on a show striking 8 times in the second half for an 9-4 win over Burlington-R. The goals kept coming as they recorded wins of 6-1 over Mississauga and 10-3 over Burlington-L in their next two round robin games before posting a 9-5 victory in the gold medal final in a rematch with Burlington-R. Seven Lightning players finished in the top ten of scoring with Isabel Ianni, Agnes Laliberte, and Alexa Hamilton holding down the top three spots respectively, followed by Lila Vittoria in fifth, Spencer Lee in seventh, Nina Cheng in eighth, and Lily Kraemer holding down the tenth spot.

Playing in the Arnprior-McNab Annual Ringette Tournament, the U12P-Harling team faced some pretty tough competition in capturing the Silver medal. After getting past a pesky West Ottawa squad 9-7 in their opener, the Lightning had to settle for a 4-4 tie with Metcalfe in their next outing. After dropping a close 2-1 decision to a very strong Gloucester-Cumberland team; the Lightning needed a win in their final round robin game in order to advance to the final. With time winding down and the game tied at 2-2, Taryn Joy and Makayla Nunno managed to feed Victoria Lee the ring who netted the winner with 1:13 remaining to give the Lightning another shot at Gloucester-Cumberland in the final. GC proved to be too strong once again as they took the match 6-1 to relegate the Lightning as silver medalists.

In Pickering, the U19B-Thompson team took the long road to the final at the Ajax-Pickering Ringette Tournament after dropping their opener 2-0 to the Nepean Ravens. The Lightning turned things around with a 7-0 win over Metcalfe and a 5-2 win over Ajax but still needed a win or a tie against Sunderland in their final round robin game to advance to the final. Leading 6-3 with 4:43 remaining it was looking like the mission was accomplished; however Sunderland stormed back to take a 7-6 lead with 58 seconds remaining. Somehow the Lightning’s Mickayla Bistrovich snuck a bad angle shot past the Sunderland net minder with 31 seconds remaining to tie the score at 7-7. Sunderland kept coming and forced call up goal tender, Daniela Sokolova to make a couple of huge saves in the final few seconds to preserve the tie in a wild finish to the game. The final ended up being a rematch against Nepean; however penalty trouble plagued the Lightning as they dropped a 5-2 decision to take home the silver medal.

Also playing in Pickering was the U12P-McKnight team that likely earned the hard luck award, had such an award existed. After dropping their opener 9-3, they battled hard in their next two outings but ended up on the wrong end of consecutive one goal games, losing 2-1 to Ottawa and 3-2 Gloucester-Cumberland. In their final round robin game against Metcalfe, it looked like the Lightning was going to be on the positive side of another one goal game. Leading 5-4 with 51 seconds remaining on the clock, a little known ruling that only applies in the final 2 minutes of a game, saw Metcalfe awarded a penalty shot, which they scored on, forcing the Lightning to settle for a 5-5 tie.

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