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Four Lightning teams compete in Guelph Tournament
Submitted By Scott Thompson on Monday, February 13, 2017
The U10-Applebaum, U14AA-Ianni, U16AA-Roman, and U19AA-Lee teams competed in the Guelph Ringette Association Annual tournament the weekend of February 10-12, 2017.

U10 Division

 

The U10-Applebaum team finished the round robin portion in second place with a berth into the semi-final against the Sault Saint Marie Ice Hawks. The semi-final elimination game started out in a scoring frenzy with six (6) goals with only ten minutes played. The Lightning’s Lilliana Sato opened the scoring with less than 1-1/2 minutes played; however the Ice Hawks tied the score a mere 11 seconds later. The Ice Hawks took a 2-1 lead 1-1/2 minutes later, before the Lightning’s Naomi Dawe tied the score 1-1/2 minutes later. The Ice Hawks re-took the lead shortly thereafter before the Lightning’s Kailey Chung tied the score at 3-3 with the game barely ten minutes old. The Ice Hawks carried a 5-3 lead into the final frame; however the Lightning kept working hard and cut the lead to 5-4 when Natalie Applebaum scored with just under six minutes remaining, and then tied the score at 5-5 with her second of the game and 7th of the tournament with just under three minutes remaining in regulation time. The game went into overtime where the play went back and forth with chances occurring for both teams. Unfortunately, not all overtime goals are spectacular and may occur when you least expect it. Such was the case for the Lightning as an errant Ice Hawks pass bounced off a Lightning skate and redirected into the Lightning net to end the Lightnings dream of competing in the championship final. A heartbreaking way to cap off a tournament, however the coaches and parents are extremely proud of their efforts in Guelph against some quality opponents.

 

U14AA Division

 

The U14AA-Ianni team faced the eventual division champions from Waterloo in their opener dropping a 7-3 decision (with the 3 goals being the most that Waterloo gave up to any opponent while posting a sparkling 1.6 goals against average). The Lightning’s next outing was against Central Pickering who boasted a very respectable 2.6 goals against average. Pickering held a 4-1 lead going into the final frame with Sydney Stabler getting the lone Lightning goal in the opening frame. The Lightning’s Caroline Routledge cut the deficit to 4-2 early in the final frame; however Pickering went up 5-2 with just under six minutes remaining. The Lightning refused to give up with, Haleigh Beam and Kaylin Joy scoring for the Bolts to bring them within a goal at 5-4. Pickering went up 6-4 with a power play goal with just over 3-1/2 minutes remaining. The Lightning continued to battle hard with Haleigh Beam netting her second goal of the game with 1:17 remaining but the Lightning couldn’t tie it up before time ran out and fell 6-5. Needing wins in their final 2 round robin games for a chance at advancing, the Lightning held a 3-2 lead over Ottawa going into the final frame of their match; however Ottawa got the only goal of the second half and the game ended in a 3-3 tie to eliminate the Lightning’s medal play chances. The Lightning played well in their final match but fell 2-0 to the eventual silver medalists from Guelph.

 

U16AA Division

 

Similar to their U14AA counterparts, the U16AA-Roman team faced the eventual champions in their opener dropping a 6-2 decision to the Calgary Impact. Their next outing was a 5-2 loss to the eventual silver medalists from Whitby. Facing host Guelph in their pivotal third game, the Lightning held a 1-0 lead going into the final frame on a goal by Kate Vandeloo. However, Guelph netted two quick goals in a span of 2 minutes with a little more than 13 minutes remaining which they held onto for a 2-1 win that halted any thoughts the Lightning had of advancing. The Lightning had an opportunity to play spoiler in their final round robin game against the Cambridge Turbos who were looking to finish second overall. The Turbos held a 1-0 lead going into the final frame; however the Lightning offence tallied six goals in the final frame to finish the tourney on a winning note with a 6-2 victory. Julia Roman, Simone Branch (2 goals), Kate Vandeloo (2 goals), and Chloe Gelfand scored for the Lightning in securing the win. 

 

U19AA Division

 

The U19AA-Lee team opened the tourney against the eventual silver medalists from Nova Scotia in what became a very easy game for the scorekeeper to track and report. There were no goals, nor any penalties to report as the teams played to a 0-0 tie. Facing Ottawa in their next outing in a key ranking game, the Lightning found themselves trailing 3-0 at the half. The Lightning’s Ireland Wright and Jada Laliberte set each other up for goals that brought the Bolts within one at 3-2, but Ottawa held on for the win. The Lightning’s next outing was another ranking game, this time against the Cambridge Turbos. The Lightning put together a sold performance in all areas of the ice as they skated to a 4-0 win with Jenni Hearn getting the shut out in net. Allie Pepper Murray, Rachael Dickie, Jada Laliberte, and Hannah Lee scored the goals for the Lightning. Next up was another tough opponent in the Calgary Impact. Needing a win to advance, the Lightning held an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Jada Laliberte before Calgary tied it up; however the Lightning retook the lead on a goal by Clare Palmer and held a 2-1 lead at the half. The Lightning extended the lead to 3-1 when Jada Laliberte netted her second of the game; however Calgary rallied back with a pair of goals and the game ended in a 3-3 tie which knocked the Lightning out of medal contention.

 

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