U12 WHITE CAPTURE W.R.R.L. GOLD!!!, News, U12 Petite White (Taylor), 2014-2015 (Goderich Ringette)

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Submitted By dridsdale on Monday, March 30, 2015
The March 27 – 29 weekend saw the U12 Team White Ice Crushers participate in the Western Region Ringette League Regional Championships in the Royal City of Guelph. With a day away from school (and work), Coach Simon had these Crushers well prepared fpr their first game versus the London Lynx. Both teams came out strong with Goderich ring stopper, Joey C., having to make a couple of skillful pad saves early in the contest. Less than two minutes in, veteran speedster Grace T. gave Goderich a 1-0 lead with assists going to Lizzie P. and Shalen K.

The defensive pairings of Kiara P./Camryn A. and Megan K./Amelia D., as they have been all season, continued to play rock solid defence thwarting many Lynx opportunities. With just over eight minutes to play in the opening frame, Shalen K. was again rewarded for some good effort as she buried a shot giving the locals a tenuous 2-0 lead at the break.

The Lynx forced Joey C. to make another great stop early in the final period setting the stage for GraceT., and, Lizzie P. to dazzle the packed crowd with a very creative give and go passing play to secure a three goal lead. London finally were able to sneak a ring past Joey C., but, Katie R. notched her first goal of the game to restore the lead. These Lynx would not quit, and, kept battling hard throughout the game. Goderichs’ most improved player, Olivia A., wowed the fans with a beautiful goal from the wing position on the heels of some excellent hustle by Ben C. Grace T. then benefitted from some hard work by Megan K., scoring her third goal of the game. The Lynx rallied to make life interesting at 6-4, but, Grace T. continued to wreak havoc on the opposition springing Katie R. for a decisive 7-4 empty net goal.

After a quiet night at the hotel, the Crushers faced a much improved Exeter/Seaforth Avalanche squad. The versatile Shalen K. was given the start in goal from Coach Simon. Goderich, with a likely spot in the Gold Medal game on the line, came out firing on all cylinders dominating the Avalanche with a relentless skating game taking a 5-1 lead into the recess. Underage standout, Lizzie P., had a particularly strong game constantly buzzing around the ice creating chances for her team mates. Ben C. rifled in three for the hat trick. Also scoring were Joey C., with a pair, Grace T., Katie R., and Kiara P. with singletons. Shalen K., as a backup goalie this season, has done an amazing job between the pipes as she cruised to an 8-2 victory.

The evening affair saw the Crushers ready to face a rugged Tillsonburg Twisters team who had not been beaten by Team White all season. With a Gold Medal match already set versus London on Sunday, bench boss Melissa preached to her troops to keep the momentum going. Goderich came out very flat as the Twisters were relentless in powering to an early 4-0 lead. If not for the heroics of Kernighan in goal, and, Kiara P., Amelia D., Megan K., and, Camryn A. on the back end holding the fort, this game could have become easily out of reach. Joey C. finally put the locals on the board from Olivia A. and Ben C. Lizzie P., from Grace T. and Ben C., followed quickly by the line of Katie R., Joey C., and, Olivia A. to make it 4-3 at the half way point.

This game went back and forth with both teams scoring at a frenzied pace. Grace T. gave the Crushers their first lead of the game with 4:21 left, and, the Exhibition Arena crowd roared as Lizzie P. set up Joey C. for an empty net 9-7 win.

The Gold Medal Championship game saw a rematch with the always dangerous London Lynx who had earned a berth in the final against Goderich playing some excellent ringette. The Lynx started the game very determined peppering starting net minder, Joey C., striking for a 1-0 lead within the first minute of the game. Katie R. then quickly evened things up converting on a tremendous neutral zone feed from Kiara P. Shalen K. found the back of the net on the power play courtesy of some nice effort from Lizzie P. and Grace T. at the 12:12 mark. For the next six minutes, the goaltending at both ends of the rink was fantastic as the teams’ traded many chances. London continued to pressure the Crusher end forcing Amelia D., Megan K., Camryn A., and, Kiara P. to really have to protect Joey C. in the local net.

Young gun Olivia A., who displayed a ton of energy all weekend, took a crushing hit along the boards in helping her team go on the power play. The Grace T. line didn’t let her down as Shalen K., Grace T., and, Lizzie P. worked their magic with the ring in giving the Ice Crushers a lead that they would not relinquish.

At the start of the final frame, Megan K., and, Amelia D. were very aggressive with their defensive play denying the Lynx the Goderich zone repeatedly. The reward came when Amelia D. expertly intercepted an opposing pass, and, made a great feed to Katie R. who, in turn, found Ben C. all alone to make it 4-2. Lizzie P. then capped off a fabulous rookie season by burying a Grace T. rebound past a helpless Lynx goaltender sending the capacity crowd into a frenzy. London never quit in this game as they made it 5-3 late, and, held a two man advantage forcing Joey C. to make some thrilling saves right up until the final buzzer sounded sending Coach Simon, and, the rest of these hard working players back to Canada’s Prettiest Town with a Gold Medal around their necks as 2015 W.R.R.L. Champions!!!

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