The Timmins Ringette Association sent four teams to compete last weekend to compete in Sudbury where the ringette association hosted a regional house league tournament.
The event drew teams from across the province, but predominantly from Northeastern Ontario.
Timmins sent four teams: An Over-18, a U12 and two U10s.
The Timmins Tornadoes U10 Blue team came to Sudbury with a goal to play hard and to have fun. During the round-robin, the team played teams from Barrie, Muskoka and Sunderland. They came out of that preliminary round with two wins and one tie.
Every player on the team got on the scoresheet over the weekend — among them, first-year players Chelsie McQuatt and Alexine Girard who each tallied their first-ever tournament goals.
The team’s strong defence was led by Addison Larocque, Olivia Symes, Olivia Vandal and Jordyn Sparks. They also chipped in goals along the way.
Third-years players like Adele Yates, Courtney Biedermann, Mia Thauvette and Victoria Souliere, led the team’s offence.
The Timmins team finished the round-robin in second place and earned a spot in the semi-final game against Muskoka. Timmins came out on top 9-6, guaranteeing a spot in the finals.
As expected, the final game was the hardest match of the tournament for the players as they faced a strong team from Sunderland. They battled hard but in the end earned a silver medal after losing 7-0.
The Timmins Tornadoe U10 White team was not as successful this tournament, finishing the round robin with one win and two losses despite scoring an average six goals per game.
The Timmins Tornadoes U12 team assembled a good group of players for this tournament, but had a huge challenge to overcome right from the beginning as they were missing a full-time goalie.
To make up for this absence, head coach Serge Rivard rotated players — Emilie Mathieu, Mila Champagne and Addison McQuatt — to fill the position. The first game on Friday was against Sudbury with Mathieu in net. Timmins won this game handily 8-1.
On Saturday, the first game was against Valley East and turned out to be a tough battle despite a lopsided 8-2 victory for Timmins. Champagne was outstanding in goal. Every player on the Timmins team had a point in this game.
The second game on Saturday was to determine which of the two teams, Timmins or Walden, would play Sunderland in the finals.
McQuatt was in net and kept the score close in the first period when the game was hotly contested. Timmins’ offence took over in the second period en route to a solid 10-3 win.
Janelle Lapierre led the way for Timmins with a four-goal outburst.
The final against Sunderland was a match involving two undefeated teams.
Mathieu was netminder while McQuatt, Jillian Daguerre, Isabella Merenda, and Valerie Hamilton had the defensive assignment of shutting down the high-scoring Sunderland team.
The score after the first period was 2-1 for Sunderland, with Tatianna Dalcourt scoring the lone goal for Timmins. In the second, Timmins quickly fell behind 3-1, but didn’t give up. Janelle Lapierre and Tatianna Dalcourt scored back-to-back unanswered goals before Timmins’ Isabelle Rivard netted the winner.
Taylor Pilotte, Emma Bradette and Addison Lamothe were integral to the victory, providing defensive support and the strong forechecking needed to secure the gold medal.
The Timmins Over-18 team was comprised of a mix of older players who came together for the first time to have fun.
The first game against Sudbury ended up in a closely fought 3-2 loss. It was their first game as a team so it took time to gel. It was tied 2-2 until very late in the second period when Sudbury was able to sneak in a game-winning goal with only two minutes left to play.
The second game was against Valley East and ended in an 11-7 loss. The game was closer than the score indicated, as the teams were neck and neck for the entire first period, with both teams scoring back and forth. However, Timmins wasn’t able to carry that momentum forward to the second period, and Valley East pulled away.
Their last game was on Saturday against Walden and this time they ended up winning side of an 11-7 score.
The Sudbury Tournament also hosted a ‘AAA’ division this year with six ‘AAA’ teams in the city to complete in the second Challenge Cup of the year. The Northeast ‘AAA’ team was one of those teams, made up of elite players from Timmins, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay.
The coaching staff was impressed with the progress the team made at this Challenge Cup, and are looking forward to what 2020 and the Winter Games bring. The Northeast team improved their goal differential by seven goals since the last Challenge Cup, and in Sudbury, was able to bring down its loss margin to two goals or less. The team’s impressive 6-1 win against Western Region was a big step forward for this team as it had been a long time since the Northeast had beaten Western Region in two-consecutive tournaments.
The Northeast team will be gearing up for the next Challenge Cup in February 2020 in Waterloo. The parity within the Ringette Ontario ‘AAA’ program should also make for a very interesting Ontario Winter Games in late February 2020, in Orillia.