Timbits Ringette The U8 Timbits have been working hard as a team and learning new things each week. This past weekend the team hosted the Forest Extreme. The Snipers were strong right from the start. They scored a beauty first goal as the girls worked the ring down the ice from Melanie Goad to Billie Sedley to Payton Blight and right in the net. This line works very well together and managed to put a total of three between the pipes in the first half.
The defense had some work ahead of them as Forest battled hard. The Graham girls Marlowe and Ramona along with team mates Josephine Binning, Libby McCurdy and Marci Linton dug hard and managed to keep the ring away from the net. Devanne Frayne played fantastic in net only letting one sneak past in the first half.
The combination of Jet Tanner, Charlee Henderson and Cortney Linton was strong. The three used teamwork to move the ring down the ice. They were able to sneak many into the Extreme’s net.
Second half goalie Melanie Goad proved she was ready to work hard. As only one found the back of the net in the second half.
The U8 Snipers will be hosting Mitchell and London this weekend as Part of the 8th Annual Snipers Tournament Dec 11-13th. Be sure to come to the PRC and watch some of the action.
Norampac U10 Novice The St. Marys U10 Snipers had a busy week with 3 games. The team was neck and neck with Forest on Wednesday night. Forest came on strong, scoring twice early in the first period. Snipers retaliated, with a goal from forward Raella Brodhagan. Erin Green scooped the ring away from Forest defense, and netted the second Sniper goal. The second period unfolded with lots of action. Jenna Hutton, playing on the defense line, did a terrific job stealing the ring away from Forest. Alex Binning, Olive Aarts, Kylie Robertson all had some good shots. Forest went on to score another four goals and win 6-2.
The U10 Snipers travelled to Goderich to take on the Ice Crushers on Saturday. Green scored only seconds into the start of the game. Goderich came back minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Excellent defense by Jenna Hutton, Kailey McRobertson, and Binning but the Ice Crushers managed to slide 2 goals past. Aarts shot a ring past the Goderich goalie to make the score 3-2. Snipers goalie Ella Taylor was stopping rings left and right as Goderich out shot St. Marys 15-9 in the first period. Snipers tried hard in the second half with special mention to a fabulous interception play by Erin Sterkenburg. Isla Unich and Keira Lambourn helped out in defense, but Goderich stayed strong, out shooting St. Marys 21-6, with the final score of 10-3.
Sunday, the Snipers went to the Carling Arena to play against London. Binning scored with only seconds into the game. Avery Jennings, with a fantastic pass out of the defensive zone, put the ring in the offensive area where Aarts found the back of the London net to make the Sniper lead 2-0. Taylor was solid between the pipes making numerous saves. Hutton was aggressive in D. London tied up the game and, with only 30 seconds left in the first period, Green netted a goal to keep the Sniper lead 3-2 to end the first period. London came back strong in the second period, scoring four goals consecutively. Abby Martin had a fantastic break away which left the crowd on the edge of their seats. Jorja Linton with some great checking again the London team. Aarts and Binning each scored another goal but it wasn’t enough to win the game. Final score 9-5.
The Girls will be back hard at it this weekend as they take to the ice for the Annual Snipers tournament. Their first game is Friday at 11:00 am vs Goderich Ice crushers. Saturday at 3:15 pm vs Tillsonburg and Sunday at 10:15 am vs Mitchell. U10 Final will be held Sunday at 3:15 pm.
St. Marys Cement Plant U12 The U12 St Marys Cement Plant Snipers had a busy weekend in WRRL action travelling to Kitchener Friday evening, then hosting Waterloo Saturday morning at the PRC. The Snipers had a couple weeks off from league play and were eager to embark on their journey to find that elusive win.
At Lions Arena in Kitchener, despite giving up two early goals in the first minute and a half of the game, the Snipers were able to skate with the Wildcats for the remainder of the half and, with just three tenths of a second remaining, Olivia Nugent scored on a great feed from Megan Richardson to close out the half down 2-1. That momentum carried over into the second as Celeste Brandt passed up to Sarah Lynch who then fed Jessica Burlingham who completed a great tic-tac-toe play tying the game 2-2 just thirty seconds into the frame. Unfortunately, the Wildcats regained the lead on the next shift and did not relinquish it as the Snipers lost 10-3. Picking up St. Marys’ third goal of the game and her first of the year was Anna Sisson from Caitlyn Jantzi.
On Saturday at the PRC, the Snipers came out strong and were keeping pace shot for shot before Waterloo slipped one by goalie Arielle Barber four minutes in to the game. Two minutes later, the Snipers were awarded a free pass in the offensive zone and Anaya Larmer made no mistake as she tied the game 1-1 banking one off the post. On the next shift, defenceman Kaylee Fowler stole the ring and drove in, firing low, beating the Wildfire goalie and giving the Snipers the lead 2-1. Both teams were evenly matched before Waterloo went on a power play firing six shots on Barber before finally making one count and tied the game 2-2. The Wildcats would add another late in the half and took a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Waterloo jumped out to a 7-3 lead early in the second on route to an 8-5 loss for the Snipers. Scoring the remaining goals for St Marys were Nugent, Richardson and Larmer (getting her second of the game) while assists went to Burlingham and Lynch.
Although that first win did not occur, many positives were displayed and the Snipers continue to give it their best effort knowing it will happen soon.
Next action for the U12’s is this weekend as St Marys host the 8th Annual Snipers tournament.