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Snipers Squeak Out Win over Dragons
Submitted By Michael Lynch on Saturday, January 4, 2020
In WRRL action Saturday evening, the U16 St Marys Snipers travelled to the Flight Exec Centre in Dorchester to take on the Dragons.  St Marys entered the game tied for first place with Mitchell, so they were looking to take sole position with a win.

It didn’t take long for the Snipers to get on the board as Cierra Boyer opened the scoring just forty seconds into the game as Anaya Larmer sent a streaking Boyer in for a 1 - 0 lead.  Dorchester tied the game four minutes later but it was short-lived as Jillian Cunningham put St Marys up 2 - 1 on a power-play goal with Grace Shearer and Jessica Burlingham picking up the assists.


Unfortunately, the Dragons then went on the powerplay and were able to capitalize with their special teams unit tying the game 2 - 2. With the tying goal, Dorchester gained a little spark and quickly added another for the 3 - 2 advantage.  With a 1:33 to play in the first half, Sarah Lynch scored to notch the game 3 - 3 with Jillian Sterkenburg and Kierra Batton picking up assists. 


In the second half, the Dorchester powerplay unit struck again taking a 4 - 3 lead midway through the frame.  A minute later though, with teams playing even strength, Lynch tied the game again scoring her second of the game and making it 4 - 4 as Boyer earned the assist with six minutes remaining.  


With three minutes to play, St Marys was called for a tripping penalty.  However, on the delayed call, referee's could not determine who the culprit was.  Shayla Lane, who was not even on the ice when the penalty occurred, was selected by the ref to serve the penalty.  The team used this confusion to take a little breather before coach Jim Burlingham called a timeout to prepare his team for another penalty kill. 


With 1:24 to play, and being short-handed, Cunningham passed to Sterkenburg who netted the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner as the Snipers squeaked out a 5-4 win.  


Arielle Barber earned the win in net as St Marys outshot Dorchester 23 - 19. With the victory, St Marys moves into first place in the U16 Division with a 10 - 2 record.  The Snipers host the Dragons again January 12 at the PRC.


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