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Submitted By Allison Frigon on Friday, January 20, 2017
Hello again ringette fans, this past weekend’s tournament in Burlington marks the third of four tournaments for the U16 Sault Ice Hawk in the 2016/2017 Junior A provincial season. The 23rd annual event played host to not only our Sault girls but also for a third straight tournament we squared off against the London Lynx along with first time competition against the host Burlington Blast as well as the Kitchener Wildcats. Coming into the event the Ice Hawks were ranked 6th out of 17 teams in the Province and were hoping to elevate their status with a strong showing.

Game 1 of the four game round robin format pitted the Ice Hawks with the team from London; in 3 previous games against London this season the Sault held a record of 1-1-1 with all games decided by an average of 1 goal. This game followed much the same script of the previous 3 in what was a physical contest the Sault took the lead 3-2 late in the period only to have the Lynx score in the last 2 minutes to tie the game at 3. In the second outing of the tournament the Sault got off to a quick start with 3 goals in the first and 2 in the second to beat the host Burlington Blast 5-2. Game 3 against the Wildcats of Kitchener was much the same as our girls scored 2 in the first frame and 2 in the second frame, Kitchener responded with 1 goal in each of the first and second periods to make the final score 4-2. After the completion of all preliminary round games the teams were seeded for a final round robin game. The Sault held the top spot through 3 games and squared off for a second time with the host team Burlington Blast. In the first period of this contest our side put in 2 goals however as the game wore on it became quite clear that the girls intended to sweep Burlington with 6 goals in the second period enroute to an 8-1 final good for top spot and a trip to their second straight final in as many tournaments.

The gold medal match once again as was the case in Pickering pitted the London Lynx against the Sault team and similarly to that final our girls came out strong with a quick tally from Allison Caldwell-Pratt followed by goals from Victoria Young and Zoey Campbell. London kept the contest in doubt with an early goal in the second period however Shelbey Walker’s goal mid-way into the final period combined with stellar goaltending and a solid defensive crew sealed the deal and for the second straight tournament our Sault Ice Hawks were gold medalists on the strength of a 4-2 final.

The overall record for the provincial standings improved on the strength of a 3-0-1 record in Burlington to elevate the Ice Hawks into a tie for 4th place in the province, keeping our hopes alive for a top tier showing at the Provincial final in Pickering on the March Break.

The next action for the Sault will be in Ottawa in early February where the coaching staff would hope to see similar efforts and results to complete the 2016/2017 Junior A regular season. I would like to congratulate the coaching staff of Bruce Graham, Debbie Desgagne, Carl Desgagne and Marc Baril and thank them for their considerable efforts and sacrifice this season. I would also like to take an opportunity to thank our sponsors as it is their support that makes our season possible; Leslie Advertising, Reyco Automotive Supply LTD and BJ Stocks Wildfire Investigations.



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