By Ryan McCracken on March 4, 2017.
It wasn’t the best of days for the Medicine Hat Momentum ringette team, but it didn’t come without its small victories.
The Momentum struggled to a pair of landslide losses as hosts of the under-16 ringette provincial championship — 10-3 to the Northwest Apex and 10-2 to the Spruce Grove Wrath — Friday in Irvine, but a pair of late goals against a previously perfect Spruce Grove squad has them feeling good about Saturday’s consolation semifinal prequel against the Strathmore Ice at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s huge. It just reinforces that if they give a great effort they’re able to overcome. We never gave up on that game,” said Momentum head coach Ryan Klick. “We scored two goals late, unfortunately it was too late, but it just shows we never stopped trying against this team.”
Jada Harper put an end to the Wrath’s shutout streak at the tournament with less than four minutes left in regulation, then Lauren Klick repeated the feat a few minutes later. While it was too little and too late, Harper says it was still enough to send the Momentum off the ice happy.
“I think it’s really going to bring us up for our next game and bring out the energy we need to win,” said Harper. “We need to push hard and play our best and we could go far.”
The Momentum were without starting goaltender Kathleen McCormick for Friday’s games, forcing them to call upon affiliate player Sydney Carlson — but the under-14 netminder more than admirably filled the role for Medicine Hat with more than 70 saves on the day.
“Sydney stood strong, she faced a lot of rings today,” said Klick. “She played a great game and we’re very proud of her.”
While the Momentum were unable to collect a point Friday in Irvine, they weren’t the only members of their pool to struggle through the opening day. The Ice also came up empty handed in their first two games, and as such the winner of Saturday’s showdown against Medicine Hat will determine who has the better seeding entering the consolation final.
“We came out and played a really strong team from the north. The girls came out and played their best, we obviously came up short but our heads are high and we’re looking forward to our game (Saturday).”
The consolation semifinal goes Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the consolation final Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The gold medal game is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.
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