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Submitted By Dennis Campbell on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
It’s been over 30 years since young ladies began playing Ringette in the Sault under the guidance of the Sault Ringette Association and within that time span only the 1995 Tween team had been crowned as the top team in the province…until today.    The U 16A Provincial Ringette team based out of Sault Ste. Marie “The Sault Ice Hawks” travelled to Pickering over the weekend to take part in a 7 team battle for the Provincial title. Included in this tournament there were teams from Sudbury, Gloucester, Timmins, Forest, West Ottawa and London.  Heading into tournament action the Sault ranked second in the province with an overall record of 11 - 2 - 2 trailing only Sudbury who held the best record this season.

Day one of the tournament brought games against London and Forest and a 3 – 1 loss to London followed up with a 4 – 1 win over Forest set the record at 1 - 1 on the first day. The action on day two improved slightly as a 2 - 2 tie with West Ottawa and a 5 – 4 victory over Timmins gave the Sault 5 points and a first place tie after two days of competition. Day three began with a 3 – 2 loss to Gloucester leaving the Sault in a must win game against the top team in the province the Sudbury Thunder. A never give up attitude that the Sault has displayed all season turned an early 2 - 0 deficit into a 5 - 2 victory and a trip to the semi-final against West Ottawa.

Sunday morning’s semi-final against West Ottawa brought many scoring opportunities for both teams, however the Sault got out to a 3 goal lead and ended the contest with a 3 - 1 semi-final win. The Ice Hawks then moved on to an all “North East Ringette Association” final against a very gracious Timmins Tornados team.

The Ice Hawks had made three gold medal appearances in the regular season and have been a perfect 3 and 0 with gold medal wins in Pickering, Burlington and Ottawa.  Pickering proved to be twice a charm as the Sault led from the start and rode the strength of stellar defence and goal tending to a 3 - 0 shutout victory over a very offensively skilled Timmins team.

The 14 girls that make up the Sault Ice hawks have been competing together in tournaments since 2009 and though we’ve seen some modest success over the years, including a divisional championship at U12…it all pales in comparison to what these girls accomplished in becoming the top U 16 A division team in Ontario.  We now have the privilege to be named Team Ontario and represent our city and province in the upcoming Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships to be held Pierrefonds just outside Montreal Quebec in mid-April.

A Hearty congratulations goes out to the coaching staff of Bruce Graham, Debbie Desgagne, Carl Desgagne, Marc Baril and Sara Jones as well as the players; , Avy Bowman, Kayla Simms, Zoey Campbell, Kaitlyn Stocks, Allison Caldwell-Pratt,  Jenna Vecchio, Mackenzie Wood-Salomon, Victoria Young, Shelbey Walker, Darienne See, Alyssa Desgagne, Isabelle Baril, Megan Rogozynski and Shelby Campbell.

 The Sault Ice Hawks would like to thank the following sponsors for their continuing support this season; Leslie Advertising, Reyco Automotive Supply LTD, BJ Stocks Wildfire Investigations, Feifel Broadbent Gualazzi Personal Injury Law Firm, TD Canada Trust, Tim Horton's, Strictly Confidential, Main Street Pharmacy, KC Pottery, Superior Dental, Cliff Printing and Helix IT INC.


Best of luck in Montreal Ladies




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