By Medicine Hat News on November 16, 2016.
Medicine Hat News
It was a gold, silver and bronze weekend for Medicine Hat ringette teams in Aidrie.
Three Gas City squads competed in the annual Ring of Fire tournament, and all three made their way to the podium.
Leading the way was the under-14 Attack, who struck gold. The under-14 Blaze won silver in a different division, while the under-12 Misfits earned bronze.
For the Attack, everything went perfectly as the girls put up a 5-0 record including a 3-1 win in Sunday’s final over the Red Deer Riot.
“In the final game the speed of our team and our intense fore-check helped us to win the gold medal,” said head coach Marty Robinson in a press release.
Bree Becker, Andie Suhai and Kylie Kallenburger scored while Devyn Amundson was solid in net. Sheridyn Herman was awarded team MVP but a quick look at the weekend suggests it was a true team effort.
Amundson and Sydney Carlson split duties in goal, giving up a combined 10 goals. Kallenburger led in scoring with six goals, followed closely by Allison Mason’s five.
Game-by-game, only one of the scores was what you’d consider a blowout. They beat the Riot 4-2 to open the round robin Friday, then won 8-3 over Beaumont Rush. A 7-0 win over the Lethbridge Rattlers Saturday saw Carlson and Amundson share the shutout, while a 6-4 win over the Aidrie Sting ensured Medicine Hat was in Sunday’s final.
Other scorers on the weekend were Herman, Jade Forsyth, Ashlyn Seale, Andie Suhai, Marley Rose, Amanda Robinson and Dimitria Karamanos.
While the Attack were in the A division, the Blaze were in B and also made it to the final.
Despite a hat trick from Serina Grona, they fell 4-3 in overtime to Calgary Northwest.
The weekend opened with impressive wins of 5-2 over Cochrane and 6-2 over Airdrie. They tied Spruce Grove 4-4 and actually beat Calgary 4-1 to solidify their spot in Sunday’s final.
As for the Misfits, again it was a good start and a familiar finish given they played the same team in the bronze medal game.
They won 8-2 over Strathmore Friday, before losing 9-4 to Airdrie. A 12-5 win over Cochrane Saturday had them battling for a spot in the championship C division game, but Calgary East edged them 11-7 to conclude the round robin.
After all that, they wound up facing Strathmore again Sunday with bronze on the line. The score was nearly identical to their first meeting, this time 7-2.
Goaltender Linsey Bechtold and defence from the likes of Eva Chartrand, Rubby Allen, Jordan Weisgerber and Hannah Thompson was credited by the team for their weekend success. Rileigh Tabor’s first goal was a highlight, though Avery Weisgerber led the team in scoring.
A battle of undefeated under-19 teams at the Kinplex Saturday saw both teams losing the zero in their respective loss columns.
The Medicine Hat Avalanche fell 6-4 to the Strathmore Ice before earning a narrow 7-6 win, outshooting the visitors handily in both ends of the doubleheader.
Emily Hudson’s two goals, plus singles from Courtney Stock and Lauren Hughes weren’t enough in the opener as the opportunistic Ice made the most of their 31 shots on goal. Medicine Hat’s 53 shots told the story of how the game went, and was a prelude to the second game where the shot count was 51-32 for the Avs.
Hudson, Stock, Hughes, Jenna McDonnell, Erica Brost, Brianna Forbes and Ami Dynes all lit the lamp in the victory, the balanced attack paving the way to both teams now having one loss on the season.
They’ll meet again later this month in Strathmore.
The under-10 Medicine Hat Chaos fell 9-5 to Lethbridge Saturday on home ice, getting lots of contributions and playing hard.
Erika Want and Kalynn Pywell each had three points for the Chaos, while Leighton Wright had two. Pacey Haskett and Karly Stennick each had a point as well.
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