16B Mews Over a Barrel with Silver Win in Niagara Falls Tournament., News (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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Submitted By Loris Giordan on Wednesday, March 07, 2018
The U16B - Mews team wins a Silver medal at the Niagara Falls Tournament.

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Traveling over 460 kilometers from North Bay, West Ferris stepped onto the ice at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls Ontario ready to open up the U16B round robin versus the U16B-Mews Richmond Hill Lightning.

With both ends of the ice seeing action, the Lightning struck first in the late stages of the first period. The Lightning added another midway through the final frame and then an additional insurance marker late, outlasting West Ferris by a score of 3-1.

An opening day loss to Mississauga, found the Etobicoke Stingers in desperate need of a win over U16B-Mews Lightning in their second game of the three game series. The Lightning began to find themselves marred in penalties. With a constant parade to the penalty box left unchecked, the Lightning were virtually rooted in their own zone for the better part of an entire period. The Stingers made good on their new found opportunities and were in complete control of the contest, nursing a two goal lead with less than 90 seconds remaining on the clock.

With the goaltender perched on the bench, and a smoldering fury permeating through the Lightning squad, U16B-Mews amassed an attack that saw them put two behind a bewildered Etobicoke net-minder in 48 seconds, the equalizer a cross ice pass to a wide open Lightning forward. At the conclusion, the Lightning narrowly escaped defeat with a 2-2 draw.

The heroics of the previous evening, were now overshadowed with the memory of the Lightning’s one sided loss in the final of their very own Richmond Hill tournament to the Mississauga Mustangs, their opponents in the 3rd and final game of the round robin.

Pent up tension found the Lightning setting up camp once again in the penalty box. Unnerved, U16B-Mews began to rattle the Mustangs offense with opportunities of their own, opening the scoring in the latter minutes of the first period. Mississauga quickly drew back at ones moments later, only to have the Lightning regain the lead in the final seconds of the period.

Now paying rent for the use of the penalty box with 2 tenants, the Lightning defense held back a furious push by the Mustangs who failed to find the equalizer. A 4-3 win gave the Lightning top spot in the loop, a fourth straight appearance in a tournament final and another meeting with the Mustangs.  With speed and tight checking meeting at the crossroads, the two finalists collectively amassed over 22 minutes in penalties in the medal showdown. The Lightning, trailing by 3 at the start of the final period, failed to find an answer against the Mississauga keeper.

The Mustangs would eventually go on to take the gold with the U16B-Mews Lightning earning the silver.

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