September 24th, 2018

Ringette: Tropics have high hopes at home

By Sean Rooney on March 7, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

There’s no age group stronger in Medicine Hat ringette circles than the under-14’s right now, but what the Tropics team has done so far this season is still pretty incredible.

As they get set to host under-14 A provincials, the Hat squad has only lost twice according to head coach John Karamanos.

That’s in about 50 games.

“We’ve done really good,” understated the coach. “It’s a talented team. They’ve bonded well, they’ve done really good.”

With no western championships at this age level, Sunday’s gold medal game is as far as they can take such an astounding season. So obviously, that’s the goal.

Play starts with a 10:30 a.m. game against Fort Saskatchewan at Hockey Hounds. The Tropics will play Red Deer Rush (2:15 p.m. Friday) and Bowview Edge (9:45 a.m. Saturday) in their round robin pool before the must-win games begin.

“The No. 1 priority is defence, they know defence wins championships,” said Karamanos. “Offence knows what they’re doing, our goalie (Devyn Amundson) is just fabulous, so we have a well-rounded team. We have kids who can play every position, we can move them around as we need to.”

Eleven other teams start the weekend with the same 0-0 record. Karamanos figures he’s probably seen about “80 per cent of them” but that includes north teams who they only saw “at the beginning of the season.”

Under-16

While the Tropics get set for provincials, the under-16 A Mission just came back from theirs —and they’ve got the medals to prove it.

Mission won bronze at Leduc Sunday, going 4-1 overall including a 7-2 win over Bow View Rage in the third-place game.

After sweeping through the round robin with wins over St. Albert (7-0), Rage (6-5) and Red Deer Rush (11-4), Medicine Hat ran in to a tough Bow View Royals squad in the semifinals. An 8-3 loss sent them into the bronze final, and they weren’t about to go home empty-handed.

Cassidy Stock netted a hat trick to finish the season on a high note, while Sheridyn Herman added two and both Stephanie Stroh and Allison Mason put the ring in the back of the net once apiece. Mikaela Claypool got the win in goal.

Under-14

In the under-14 B ranks, Medicine Hat Rogue have advanced to their provincial tournament thanks to a solid weekend in Hussar.

After qualifying for the last-chance tournament, Rogue only needed to place first, second or third in the four-team playdown. They ensured a spot by beating Calgary’s Warriors 7-2, then added a 5-4 win over Strathmore. A 4-3 loss to Calgary’s Nightmares wound up the weekend.

Provincials are March 16-18 in Sherwood Park.

Under-12

With only the winner of a four-team tournament going to under-12 C provincials, it was a tough task for the Medicine Hat Ice Breakers this past weekend.

At Rockyford, the Breakers fell 6-3 to the Calgary Screaming Yetis, 9-2 to the Calgary Frostbite and 7-4 to the Bowview Vortex. Frostbite won all of its games to take the last-chance spot to the provincial tournament.

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