By Ryan McCracken on December 2, 2016.
Itâ€™s been a tough start to the ringette season for the 16A Medicine Hat Momentum, but thereâ€™s no time like the present to turn things around and no place like home make it happen.
The ring drops on the Ed Horvath Interprovincial Classic ringette tournament this afternoon with seven Medicine Hat squads hitting the ice at arenas across the city, and Momentum coach Ryan Klick says itâ€™s a fantastic chance to shine in the local limelight.
â€œItâ€™s a great event for our team and our association to showcase what weâ€™ve put together here. Itâ€™s a small association compared to some of the bigger centres but we have great teams, great competitors and a great group of volunteers to help put this tournament on,â€ said Klick, whose Momentum will look to get a jump on things tonight at 4:15 p.m. against the Regina Ringers in the Hockey Hounds Arena.
â€œWe stumbled a little bit out of the gate here. Unfortunately being in a smaller association we have a smaller group of kids to pick from, so weâ€™ve taken our team from a combination of A and B players from previous years to form a 16A team. Like I said, weâ€™re struggling but the girls are starting to put it together and hopefully weâ€™ll have a strong finish.â€
Momentum players Lauren Klick and Jolene Moffat agree the team will need to focus on playing well as a unit and putting forth a strong defensive effort if they hope to find some early success against the Ringers.
â€œWeâ€™ll have to win by working as a team and cooperating,â€ said Lauren Klick. â€œI think weâ€™re really good at going back and playing our best by working as a team.â€
â€œI think communication is key and weâ€™ll need to work together as a team to be great,â€ added Moffat, who says she always circles the Ed Horvath tournament on the calendar. â€œI love it so much.â€
The Momentum and Ringers are part of a five-team division that features two squads from Calgary and another from Edmonton, but the Gas City has representatives in each of the tournamentâ€™s six divisions.
The Medicine Hat 19B Avalanche will open their weekend tonight at 4 p.m. against the Lacombe Edge in the Kinplex and the Smash will start their three-team Open B tournament against the Regina Wildcats in Kin 2 at 12:15 p.m.
In under-10 action, the Medicine Hat Chaos and Monsters will kick things off with an all-local Step 1 matchup at 5 p.m. in Kin 2, the Ring Renegades will defend local ice in Step 2 action against the Airdrie Sting in Kin 1 at 5:30 p.m.Â and the Maniacs will host the Strathmore Ice in a Step 3 matchup at 5:45 p.m. over at Hockey Hounds arena.
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