By Medicine Hat News on January 8, 2020.
Kylie Kallenberger and the Medicine Hat Riptide were not about to let a set of gold medals elude their grasp.
Trailing the host Regina Roar by a goal in the final of the Jim Benning Tournament, the under-16 ringette team got two goals from Kallenberger to win 5-4.
The weekend had started similarly, Medicine Hat beating Regina 6-4 Friday night. They cruised through their other under-16 A round robin matches, beating the East End Wings 6-0, NWRA 15-3 and Saskatoon Blaze 9-1.
Regina similarly beat the same three teams to earn a rematch. And they led the final 3-0 before Marin Sinclair and Kallenberger scored 29 seconds apart to make it 3-2 at the intermission.
Sinclair had two goals and Kallenberger three for the win, while goalie Jena Harty followed up her earlier shutout with another impressive performance between the pipes.
It wasn’t Medicine Hat’s only under-16 team to make a final in Regina, either.
In the under-16 B division, the Matrix found themselves in the same role the Roar did against Riptide. Regina’s Vipers beat Medicine Hat 9-2 to start the weekend, then 9-7 in the gold medal game to end it.
In between, the Matrix beat the Regina Lightning 5-3, Regina Dynamite 8-5 and Park City Wildcats 7-1.
Highlights included a balanced attack, though Jaelyn Siewert had goals in every game (no totals were reported). The final was tied until the final two minutes when the Vipers pulled ahead to stay.
Other Hat ringette teams got back to action this past week, including the under-19 Mighty Ducks.
In Calgary, the Ducks lost a pair of games to high-end under-16 AA teams Sunday. An 8-4 loss to the Peak saw Sheridyn Herman score twice, Ashlyn Seale and Lauren Klick once each and Sydney Carlson take a turn between the pipes.
An 8-3 loss to the Force had Michaela Claypool in net. Herman, Klick and Amanda Robinson had the goals.