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2017-18 Regional - U16B - Mews - >Richmond Hill U16B-Mews Ignites the Ice to Capture Gold in Newmarket
Submitted By Jeff Young on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The victory comes just two weeks after the Lightning delivered a silver medal performance in their very own Richmond Hill Tournament.

"Everybody needs to come to play" was the motivating message delivered in the Lightning's dressing room prior to stepping onto the ice at the Magna Center for their first round robin game.

The Etobicoke Stingers provided the opposition on Lightning's opening day. Trading victories in their two previous matchups in league play, the contest was expected be a close one. And it was.

Playing to nearly a scoreless first half, the Stingers opened the scoring with little over a minute remaining. Midway through the second the Lightning tied the game only to have Etobicoke retake the lead minutes later. Play ensued and in the dying moments with the Lightning directing a barrage of rings at the Etobicoke keeper, they were rewarded with the equalizer. Tied at two's was the final.

An uneasy anticipation surrounded the U16B-Mews next opponent, Hanover Heat.The Heat, stood 2nd in the Western Region only 2 points back of the front running St. Mary's Snipers.

The opening minutes would see both sides trading opportunities with the Lightning launching consecutive strikes to take a 3 goal lead into the final half.

The Heat had the run of the play for the better part of the second half. Strong pressure from Hanover led to some questionable decisions with the ring by the Lightning. The U16B-Mews sluggish play continued and they soon found themselves tied at 3's with less than 5 minutes left on the clock. A heroic performance by the Lightning's net-minder in the dying seconds preserved the score and another point in the standings.

Entering the final game in the round robin, the Lightning found themselves in desperate need of a victory. A win over the home town Newmarket Rays would guarantee 2nd place and a spot in the finals.

Everybody came to play. In game 3, focusing on a strong transition game with plenty of speed, the Lightning carried a 4-0 lead into the 2nd half. With all oars in the water, U16B-Mews continued to push rings to the net adding 3 more to the board closing out the contest 7-1.

The Lightning played their way back into a final for a 3rd consecutive time this season and hoped to carry that momentum into the title match against the 1st place finishers, the Hanover Heat.

The Lightning wasted no time getting on the board with a strike in the first 2 minutes. A mobile defense continued to stymie the offensive bursts by Hanover. On-ice discipline and composure against a very physical Heat team, guided the offense the rest of the way where few scoring opportunities were left unfinished. As a result, a dominant performance by U16B-Mews ended the tournament with a 6-1 victory and proudly captured first place and the Gold medal.

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