Snipers "Pinked the Rink", Martin and Sterkenburg Picked Up Hats, News, U 16R (St. Marys Ringette)

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Snipers "Pinked the Rink", Martin and Sterkenburg Picked Up Hats
Submitted By Michael Lynch on Sunday, November 10, 2019
The U16 St Marys Snipers competed in the 39th Annual, “Pink the Rink” tournament this past weekend hosted by the London Lynx Ringette Association.  The Snipers travelled to Kinsman Arena, the Flight Exec Centre and Western Fair Sports Complex in their first tournament of the year. 

St Marys was eager to hit the ice as they have only had one game leading up to the tournament and for the first time this season, the entire team skated together. The Snipers were prepared for an uphill battle as they drew Dorchester Dragons in their opening game. Unfortunately, some sloppy play, errand passes and too much time in the penalty box allowed Dorchester to open a 3 - 0 lead before Emmy Jeffery took advantage of a juicy rebound putting the Snipers on the board with a minute to play in the first half. The Dragons opened the scoring in the second giving them a 4 - 1 lead, before Sarah Lynch fed a streaking Mel Martin who top shelved it bringing St Marys within two.  Dorchester was quick to add another two on the power play, then Kaylee Fowler found the net as Anaya Larmer sent her in, bringing the Sniper closes at 6 - 3 Lynch and Martin connected again with six minutes to play bringing the Snipers within two. Martin completed the hat trick twenty seconds later, but that was all the offense St Marys could muster, and the Snipers fell 6 - 5.


On Saturday, St Marys took on Chatham in their second game.  Unfortunately, fourteen minutes in penalties, being outshot 38 - 17 (with 13 of those shots coming while being a player down), and several panic passes allowed Chatham to cruise to a 7 - 0 victory over the Snipers which ultimately put them out of contention for a playoff berth.  


In their final game of the tournament, the Snipers took on the Whitby Wild in a game that proved when you start to play together, communicate and begin to learn from mistakes, good things happen!  St Marys opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game on a great give-and-go from Lynch to Sterkenburg putting the Snipers on the board 1 - 0. Lynch and Sterkenburg combined again making it 2 - 0 before Martin made it 3 - 0 with Shayla Lane picking up the assist.  The Wild beat goalie Arielle Barber early in the second half, making it a 3 - 1 game. However, Sterkenburg wasn’t finished as she and Lynch combined one last time allowing Sterkenburg to pick up her hat trick and giving St Marys a much needed 4 - 1 win.


St Marys resumes league play this week as they travel to Fergus on Thursday to take on Elora Fergus for an 8:00 pm start.  The Snipers first home game will be November 21 as they host Goderich at the PRC.


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