By Ryan McCracken on February 14, 2017.
There’s nothing quite like a gold medal to get a team pumped up for provincial playdowns.
The Medicine Hat Attack ringette team clinched Ed Horvath Interprovincial Classic under-14 A gold on Sunday at the Kinplex with a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Northwest Allegro, and head coach Marty Robinson says it’s sure to fuel the fire for the post-season.
“These girls have been playing well all year. They’ve only lost three or four games this season so confidence is high going into playdowns, that’s for sure,” said Robinson. “We’ve got a real fast, defensive team this year and they’re all a lot of fun to be around.”
The Attack brought meaning to their moniker with a dominant show of offence through the opening frame. Ashlyn Seale scored twice then Amanda Robinson and Marin Sinclar struck to open the lead to four goals before Calgary finally mustered an answer.
Allegro captain Madison Arnason scored late in the first to stop the bleeding, but the Attack got right back to it with Marley Rose re-establishing a four-goal lead before the break.
The Allegro didn’t go quietly though. Taking the ice with a new gameplan for the second, Calgary managed to control the action for the majority of the final period, but only Sophie Klyen could beat Attack goaltender Sydney Carlson, then Amanda Robinson added her second of the night to seal the victory.
“They came back,” said Marty Robinson. “They didn’t let us just walk away with it but the girls persevered and played well.”
In other Ed Horvath action, the Medicine Hat Blaze took the under-14 B gold medal with a 7-3 win over the Buffalo Plains Phatoms and the Medicine Hat Misfits clinched under-12 C gold with a 10-3 win over the Ice Crushers. The Airdrie Sting took home gold in the under-12 A division with a 4-3 win against the Calgary Northwest Impact.
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