U12 Ice Hawks Take Silver at Provincials, News (Sault Ringette Club)

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U12 Ice Hawks Take Silver at Provincials
Submitted By Kerry Young on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The U12 Ice Hawks playing in the Gough Division of the 2017 Provincial Tournament in Forest, Ontario take the home the Silver Medal.

In a season which the former U10 Regional Team moved up to the U12 Provincial Level with a young group of players, there was tremendous growth from the beginning to the end.   Playing their first two tournaments in London and Burlington, against many of the top teams in the Province, the group saw the level of play needed to compete in the Provincial Division.  By their third and final tournament, prior to the Provincials, the team was looking to put the experience of the first 2 tournaments and their hard work at practice to the test and managed their first win of the season in the final game setting up a positive vibe heading to Provincials.

The Sault opened up the Provincial Tournament Thursday afternoon with a 4-2 win over the great skating Cambridge Turbos to set the pace of the weekend.  The next morning the Sault was in action against the ever challenging Kitchener Wildcats and the Sault wanted nothing but revenge after a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Wildcats a few weeks earlier.  It was an action packed game with the Sault up 4-3 with 42 seconds remaining when Kitchener nailed a cross crease pass to the low post and tied the game with a shot barely beating a diving Lilliana Sawchyn.   The Friday afternoon game put the Sault up against the big Metcalfe Hornets with the Hornets desperately needing a win, but the Sault managed to squeeze a 5-3 win out of the contest sealing the Hornets fate.   Day three of the tournament set the Sault up against a hard working Waterloo Wildfire team where a Sault victory would guarantee us a spot in the semi-finals.  It wasn't meant to be as the Sault played a great game leading the pace of play but unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunities - Wildfire deal the Sault their first loss 4-2.  Later in the day with the pressure on, the Ice Hawks are up against the very skilled Richmond Hill Lightening.  In a fast paced, back and forth battle that sees the game tied with 34 seconds left and the Sault with an offensive zone free play... a timeout .... a new play...and a goal send the Sault to the Semi-Finals.
The fourth and final day of Provincials gets the Ice Hawks out of bed at 5:30am for the one hour drive to Thedford, Ontario and their 8:00am Semi-Final clash against the Cambridge Turbos.  With a total team effort the Ice Hawks play easily their best game of the season skating to a 3-0 win and advance to the finals.  The finals sets up the third game of the year between the Sault and Kitchener with the previous two being close hard fought affairs.  The mentally and physically drained Ice Hawks playing their 7th game in four days could not match the play of their previous six games and keep pace with the rested and determined Kitchener Wildcats who take the Sault down 5-1 and win the Gough Division Provincial Final.
The U12 Ice Hawks had a fantastic year growing and developing into a great team and fine young players.   The coaching staff and parents could not be more proud of what the girls have accomplished and how they represented themselves, the Sault Ringette Club and the City of Sault Ste. Marie.   The girls attitude,  sportsmanship and respect for all the players, coaches and referees resulted in the team winning back-to-back Spirit Awards at the Kitchener Tournament and the Provincial Event itself - a true showing of the type of girls we have and what the team is all about.
The team would like to thank our very generous sponsors for the 2016/1017 season:  Barzan Family Dental, Apex, Beta Fluid Power, Dr. Eric Piscopo, Unique Data Systems, and Floreani O'Toole.
Also deserving a pat on the back are the parents.  Without your commitment, dedication, and support, this year would not have been such a great success on and off the ice.  You are truly your child's biggest fans!
Our amazing team roster:  Lilliana Sawchyn, Emma Malone, Taylor King, Alyssa Paquin, Lily Mick, Mackenzie King, Madison Rogozynski, Elexi Frigon, Alexa Young, Morgan Smith, Audrey Van Buskirk, Meaghan Rosso, and Delaney Elliot.
Our bench staff consists of Head Coach Kerry Young,  Assistant Coaches - Dan Frigon, Ed Mick, and Trevor Sawchyn, Trainor Margaret Diotte, Managers Anna Paquin and Lorrie Sawchyn and Team Coordinator Rebecca Young

Congratulations girls, the future is bright for you.  "It's your ring, go and get it!"

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