Battle of the Undefeated, News, U 16R (St. Marys Ringette)

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Battle of the Undefeated
Submitted By Michael Lynch on Friday, November 29, 2019
It was the battle of the undefeated Thursday evening at the PRC, as the U16 St Marys Snipers hosted the Mitchell Stingers in WRRL action.  Mitchell entered the contest with a 6 - 0 record while the Snipers had a 3 - 0 record. With both teams looking to keep their streaks alive, the PRC was buzzing with excitement in anticipation of a thrilling game.

Unfortunately, just thirty-three seconds into the game, Mitchell jumped out to a 1 - 0 lead beating Sniper goalie Arielle Barber.  Most teams would fall flat after giving up a quick opening goal, but just nineteen seconds later Mel Martin tied the game 1 - 1 after a great feed from Cierra Boyer. As the crowd cheered with excitement, it quickly fell silent, as the Stingers took the lead once more on the ensuing drop making it 2 - 1.  Teams battled back and forth before Jillian Cuningham tied it 2 - 2 with Anaya Larmer picking up the assist at the eleven minute mark. With eight minutes remaining, Jillian Sterkenburg put St Marys up 3 - 2 on a give-and-go from Sarah Lynch to close out the first half scoring.


St Marys narrowly outshot Mitchell 16 - 15 in the first half, and the Snipers knew they must continue to play hard while passing with purpose if they wanted the win.  Play hard they did, as they dominated the first two minutes of the second half with nine shots on net with three great scoring chances but the Stinger goalie turned them away.  At the twelve minute mark, a Sniper turnover out of the defensive end led to a Mitchell rush resulting in a tying goal notching the game 3 - 3.


With nine minutes remaining, and Mitchell attacking, Barber was down on the ice after making the initial save.  The ring bounced out on the rebound right to the Stinger forward who had the open net. Just when it looked like the Snipers would go down by a goal, Barber dove across the goal, making a flying glove save keeping the game deadlocked at 3 - 3.  This was definitely the turning point of the game, as St Marys rushed back up the ice with Larmer, feeding Jessica Burlingham, who then passed to Grace Shearer who scored while giving the Snipers a 4 - 3 lead.


With four minutes remaining, Shearer was sent to the penalty box for body contact.  Mitchell called a time-out to develop a play and returned by pulling their goaltender for an extra attacker. They were only able to muster one shot on net, before play returned to the Stinger end with Boyer scoring from Shayla Lane giving the Snipers a 5 - 3 lead and ultimately the win.


This game was to be the first of a Home and Home series, but unfortunately, Saturday’s game in Moncton has been cancelled due to lack of refs.  The game will be rescheduled in the future. With the win, St Marys is the only undefeated team at the U16 level, but still sits in 2nd place behind Mitchell who have more points although they have played three more games then St Marys.


Next league game for the Snipers is December 12 vs London at the PRC.  However, some of the U16’s will be competing next weekend in the U19 Division of the St Marys Snipers Annual Ringette Tournament being held at the PRC Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come out to support all your St Marys teams.


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