By None on January 10, 2019.
Medicine Hat News
Hat ringette teams took over in Regina on the weekend, with three of five that headed east returning with medals at the Jim Benning Invitational tournament.
The Mud Hens went unbeaten in claiming gold in the under-16 A division, while both the Smash (Open) and Charge (under-14 A) emerged with silver medal hauls.
Only one team even came close to handing the Hens a loss. Winnipeg’s Boni-Vital Blaze put up a good fight in a 4-2 round robin decision Friday. The rest of the round robin was a one-sided affair for Medicine Hat, which beat Winnipeg’s Varsity View Falcons 9-2, the Regina Renegades 7-1 and the Eastman Heat 7-0.
The final, remarkably, pitted not the Blaze but the Renegades against the Mud Hens. You can guess how that went: an 8-3 Hat win. Amanda Robinson led the way offensively with a hat trick, Sydney Carlson got the win in net and other goals came from Jaida Wallis, Marley Rose, Sheridyn Herman, Kylie Kallenberger and Dimitria Karamanos.
The Hens look to continue their unbeaten league season in Calgary this weekend.
As for the Smash, the round robin saw a similar story to their under-16 counterparts. But in the Open B/C final, they were upset by the Buffalo Plains Hellraisers.
An opening-day 8-2 win over Buffalo Plains gave the Hat team no reason for concern. Nor did a 10-1 win over Regina’s Honey Badgers, a 12-1 win over the Regina Wildcats or an 11-3 victory against the Regina Misfits.
The Hellraisers were out for revenge, and gold, on Sunday. They got both, emerging victorious in a tightly-fought 5-4 win. Medicine Hat had to settle for silver.
Mahala Boychuk was dynamite for the Smash all weekend, winding up with 14 goals in the tournament. Other scorers were Heather Kempthorne (nine goals), Jessica Berger (seven), Paige Schreiber (5), Nicona Brost (four), Chelsea Hallick (two), Tori Johnson and Lindsay Hart. Lindsay Schiebelbein was in net through all five games.
While the Mud Hens won the under-16 A division, there was a second Hat under-16 team in Regina.
In the under-16 B division, the Aftershock didn’t make the playoffs after going 0-3-1. They tied the host Avalanche 3-3 in their opener but fell 9-2 to Brandon, 8-1 to Steinbach and 10-4 to Regina’s Gators.
Much in the same way the Smash were shocked in their playoffs at Regina, the Medicine Hat Charge under-14 team delivered a surprise of their own.
In the under-14 A division, Charge had a rough go in the four-team tournament. They lost 8-1 to Regina’s Roar, then 7-3 to the East End Wings from Winnipeg.
A 7-5 win over Boni-Vital turned out to be a turning point, however, as Medicine Hat took the momentum from that final round robin game and went after the Wings in a semifinal game Saturday night.
They earned a 4-2 win that put them in Sunday’s gold medal game, where they lost 11-5 to the Roar but earned silver medals.
A team press release described it as “an awesome weekend of perseverance and success,” noting that Leah Mason, Charlie Christie and Jena Harty all took turns in goal, Leah Jetter, Sophie Kerr, Kayla Robinson, Kylee Waldegger, Hannah Thompson, Kamryn Reid, Pacie Harper, Grace Carrier and Harty scored during the weekend. “Solid defence by Abbi Ulmer and incredible checking by Ryan Sweet” was also noted.
It was an up-and-down weekend for the under-12 Surge, who wound up fourth in their eight-team draw.
Narrow wins over the Saskatoon Jets (8-6) and MacDonald Wildfire (6-4) were balanced with an 11-3 loss to Regina’s Fusion in the round robin. The 6-4 win in particular was a big one, since it gave them second place in their pool and a playoff spot.
In the crossover round with the other pool, they met up with pool winner Buffalo Plains who beat them 9-2. And in the bronze medal game they fell to another team from the other pool, Winnipeg’s Boni-Vital, 7-2.
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