By Medicine Hat News on January 18, 2017.
Medicine Hat News
In a ringette tournament with nearly 200 teams, two from Medicine Hat wound up in division finals in Calgary this past weekend.
At the Esso Golden Ring, both the under-19 Avalanche and under-14 Attack advanced to respective gold medal finals Sunday. The Avs beat the Saskatoon Impact 6-2, while the Attack fell 7-3 to Calgary Bowview.
The eight-team under-19 draw was dominated by the Medicine Hat women, with 7-1 wins over Saskatoon and BowView Braves plus a 5-0 shutout of Calgary’s Wildcats. Sydney Stasienko’s rare shutout plus a Camryn Selwood hat trick had the Avalanche storming into the playoff round.
They beat Calgary Surge 11-5, led by five goals from Lauren Hughes, then it was more of the same with the same Saskatoon team in the final.
Hughes wound up with 10 goals and an assist to lead the Avs in scoring. Kelli Bowles had five goals and five assists, Camryn Selwood four goals and five assists, Alyssa Gosse four goals and four assists, and Courtney Stock three goals and four assists.
The Attack actually beat every team they played at the Golden Ring, the only problem being they only beat the eventual champs in the round robin.
Placed in the under-14 A division, Medicine Hat opened its weekend with a 7-4 win over Calgary Bowview. They followed that up with a 14-0 thrashing of Spruce Grove, a 6-2 win over Drayton Valley and an 8-4 win over Airdrie to solidify a spot in the playoffs.
Sunday’s semifinal was a different story. The final score was 5-4 over South Calgary Edge, and it took numerous big games including a two-goal effort from Marin Sinclair, plus singles from Amanda Robinson, Ashlyn Seale and Sheridyn Herman.
Herman, Seale and Allison Mason scored in the 7-3 gold medal loss to Bowview.
Herman led with 11 goals on the weekend, followed by Robinson with seven and Mason with six.
Also in Calgary was Medicine Hat’s Vortex, which went 2-1 in the under-14 B division but lost out on a playoff spot because of goal differential.
An 8-1 loss to Calgary Bowview Demons wound up being the difference. They rebounded with a 6-4 win over South Calgary Hericanes and 11-3 over Airdrie Sting, but the Demons and Hericanes were better than the plus-2 of Vortex and moved on despite all three going 2-1.
Meanwhile in Leduc, the under-14 B Blaze went 2-2 to take silver at the Wild Things tournament.
Wins of 9-1 against Pembina and 9-2 against Saskatoon were offset by a pair of losses to the host team, 6-4 and then 6-2 in the gold medal game.
Last Wednesday the under-10 Chaos beat the Monsters 10-4 in local action.
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