U19B-Thompson wins GOLD in Burlington Tournament, News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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2017-18 Regional - U19B - Thompson - U19B-Thompson wins GOLD in Burlington Tournament
Submitted By Anne Araujo on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The U19B-Thompson team has come a long way since their slow start to the season where they posted a 2-7-1 (win-loss-tie) record in their first ten games of the season. Since that ominous start, the Lightning has gone 7-3-3 and find themselves sitting atop the OCRRL standings, with a Silver medal from their participation in the Pickering tournament, and now a Gold medal from the Burlington Tournament this past weekend.


In Burlington the Lightning had to face a strong team from Paris in their opening match… a team that had defeated the Lightning 8-3 earlier in the season.  Any thoughts toward redemption quickly dissipated in this opening affair as the Lightning trailed 5-0 by the half and eventually ended up on the wrong end of a 9-3 decision.  
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Needing a win in their next match, the Lightning found themselves trailing Exeter-Seaforth 1-0 after just 1:15 of play. The Lightning rebounded to tie the score a few minutes later; however Exeter-Seaforth retook the lead less than 2 minutes after. The teams settled in to a tight checking game with the Lightning appearing to hold a bit of an edge in the play. Finally with just over 9 minutes to play, Jasmine Hamilton found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2. This seemed to be the turning point in the game and in the tournament.  You could feel that a spark had been ignited. A few minutes later Alyssa Hrysio gave the Lightning their first lead of the tournament which held up as the eventual winner. From here on out the Lightning never trailed in a game the rest of the tournament.   Continuing to build off of their strong play in the Exeter-Seaforth game; the Lightning kept the momentum going in their next match against host Burlington by jumping out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-2 win. The win put the Lightning in the final with another chance for redemption with Paris.   The final has to be the best game this team has put together this season. The Lightning didn’t allow the outcomes of their previous encounters with Paris to affect them in any way as they skated to their second straight 6-2 victory in this tournament while securing the gold medal in the process.  Every player paid attention to all aspects of their game… both offensively and defensively.  Congratulations Ladies on your achievements. Enjoy the moment. You’ve earned it!
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