By Medicine Hat News on October 12, 2016.
Medicine Hat News
Medicine Hat ringette teams feasted on the opposition for Thanksgiving in St. Albert, combining for three gold medals to kick off the season.
At the annual Turkey Ring tournament, the under-19 Avalanche, under-14 Attack and under-12 Element all won their respective divisions which wrapped up Monday. A fourth team got to the semifinals of the under-16 A event, a pretty good way to begin the competitive season in any case.
The Avalanche didn’t lose a game in their under-19 B event, though a penalty-heavy affair against Sherwood Park Sunday did result in a 5-5 tie.
Wins of 8-1 over Fort Saskatchewan and 12-2 over the Edmonton Rage earned them the top seed after the round robin, but that merely meant a rematch with Fort Saskatchewan in the semifinals. They kept up the pressure in a 15-5 win, earning a berth in Monday’s final against Prince George, which knocked off Sherwood Park in the other semi.
The first half of the final was a nailbiter, with no team leading by more than a goal. But Medicine Hat poured it on late, skating to an 11-6 championship win.
The Attack’s defence was the story of their gold medal win, as they outscored opposition 25-7 in four games.
Round robin wins of 6-3 (over Sherwood Park), 5-2 (over St. Albert) and 8-1 (over Edmonton) put them in Sunday’s final, which they clinched witha handy 6-1 decision against St. Albert.
There were only three teams in the under-12 B division, but Medicine Hat was clearly the class of the event.
The Element won each of its five games, including a 9-3 win over St. Albert Legit in Sunday’s finale. They outscored the two St. Albert teams by a combined 42-17 count.
With eight teams, the under-16 A division was one of the largest at the Turkey Ring.
Medicine Hat beat St. Albert 4-3 in their opener, then edged Strathmore 6-4 before dropping their last round robin game 8-6 to Edmonton’s Ambush.
That meant a semifinal game against the top team in the other bracket, Calgary’s Bowview Xcel. Xcel won 10-3 Sunday and went on to win the tourney final Monday.