By Medicine Hat News on January 22, 2020.
Two Medicine Hat teams took part in what’s billed as the biggest ringette tournament in the world this past weekend, with one coming agonizingly close to a spot in its final.
In Calgary for the Esso Golden Ring, the Riptide got to the semifinals of their under-16 A division Sunday before a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary Northwest Forte.
Down 2-0, Riptide fought back with goals from Andie Suhai and Kylie Kallenberger. Jena Harty was superb in goal as she was all weekend – Medicine Hat was 4-0 entering the matchup.
But the bounces didn’t go the Riptide’s way, and they had to settle for a share of third place instead.
They beat Vernon 6-4, South Calgary Surge 14-4 and Calgary’s Bowview Havoc 5-3 in the round robin. A 6-1 quarter-final win over Calgary Northwest Havoc sent them to Sunday’s medal round.
Forte went on to beat Vernon 7-2 in the gold medal final.
With 173 teams and an estimated 2,500-plus athletes, the Golden Ring is in its 34th year and showing no signs of slowing down.
Medicine Hat’s other team at the event was the under-19 Mighty Ducks. They won their first game, 2-1 over South Calgary Sisu, but a pair of round robin losses eliminated them from the playoff draw.
Lauren Klick and Hannah Heidel scored in the victory. A 5-4 loss to Regina Ript saw Amanda Robinson score twice, then Allison Mason and Cassidy Stock net the others.
A 10-2 loss to eventual division champion Calgary Bowview Blue saw the Hat side get goals from Mason and Jada Harper.
In league play Saturday, the under-12 Blackout split a pair of home games against the Lethbridge Warriors.
Medicine Hat won the first game 5-4, getting two goals each from Kengington Provost and Ryleigh Jackiw. Ravyn Lehr had the other.
Lethbridge won the second game 9-1. Jackiw had Blackout’s lone goal.