June 23rd, 2018

Highs and lows for local teams at Ed Horvath Interprovincial Classic

By Ryan McCracken on December 5, 2016.

Kelli Bowles of the Medicine Hat Avalanche 16A ringette team fires a shot on goal during Sunday's Ed Horvath Interprovincial Classic championship game against the Lacombe Edge at the Kinplex. --NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN


It was a weekend of highs and lows for Medicine Hat’s seven teams in action at the Ed Horvath Interprovicial Classic ringette tournament, a sentiment highlighted early Sunday afternoon at the Kinplex.

The Medicine Hat Momentum brought meaning to their moniker by erasing a 6-1 deficit in the 16A championship, only to fall 7-6 in double overtime to the Calgary Apex. Just a few seconds later and a few metres away, the Medicine Hat Avalanche stormed to a 7-6 overtime victory of their own against the Lacombe Edge thanks to Kelli Bowles’ under-19 title-clinching goal.

“It was pretty intense. We’re all proud of Kelli and our teammates,” said Avalanche forward Jenna McDonnell, adding the Edge found a way to respond after falling 10-3 to Medicine Hat on Friday. “They just played a really good game. It was tough keeping up with Lacombe but our teammates did a good job.”

McDonnell had a goal and an assist for the Avs, while Brook Burzminski, Ami Dynes and Erica Brost all chipped in to held Medicine Hat earn the hometown gold.

While the Momentum fell short of the ultimate prize, they showed a great deal of promise after a bumpy start to the season. The Momentum stormed through group stage play with a 3-0-1 record before ousting Edmonton in the semifinal, 9-5. While they came one goal shy of gold, head coach Ryan Klick says they left the rink with their heads high.

“We didn’t lose gold, we won silver. That’s the mentality we’re coming out of here with. We came a long way and we walked out of the tournament winning a silver medal,” said Klick. “Hopefully this is a turning point in the season for us. We started off slow and winning these games is important for these girls. It shows all the practice and hard work is paying off.”

The Momentum netted six goals from six different scorers —Maggie Carrier, Jada Harper, Kennedy Lanigan, Wendy Tetrault, Emily Volk and Lauren Klick — to push the Apex on their heels and force overtime.

Despite controlling the majority of both extra frames, the Apex snuck away with the win after Autumn Thompson fired a short past Momentum goaltender Kathleen McCormick 90 seconds into double overtime.

“We came in not knowing what to expect and we won three round robin games, tied one, we won our semifinal game quite handily, and then double overtime in the end, what more can you ask for from the girls,” said Klick.

In under-10 action, the Medicine Hat Renegades took Step 2 gold after a 9-2 victory over the Bowview Blazing Rings, while the Medicine Hat Chaos dropped a close 4-3 final to the Airdrie Sting in the Step 1 championship and the Medicine Hat Maniacs settled for silver after a 4-0 loss to Airdrie in the Step 3 final.

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