From November 27th to 29/15, the Timmins and Iroquois Falls Ringette House League teams made their home towns proud by returning with 2 gold and 4 silver medals. All teams traveled to Sudbury on the Friday morning, with the roads being icy and snow covered due to the previous evening’s snowstorm.
The Timmins U10 Novice White team played their opening day game with only 7 players, and were missing both of their goalies. With borrowed goalie equipment and a player who was brave enough to tend their goal, the young team of girls stepped up to demonstrate just how much heart and team spirit Timmins Ringette players have. With their chanting and board banging, the arena rumbled as the players and their cheering parents sang “WE ARE TIMMINS… MIGHTY MIGHTY TIMMINS!” The team used the 6 players that they had; rotating through all the positions with minimal time to rest. Although outnumbered, the player’s hard work paid off in a 9-2 victory against Barrie(H).
On the Saturday, nine players took to the ice for a game against North Bay’s West Ferris team. This game proved to be a tough challenge. The U10 White team pressed West Ferris with a peppering of shots throughout the game. The opposing goalie frustrated the team for most of the game, but hard work finally paid off when Team White managed the tie the game 5-5 with only seconds left on the clock. In the team’s third game, they overpowered Barrie (L) 7-0 and finished the round robin portion in first place. In the final game on the Sunday, the U10 Timmins White Team once again found themselves playing West Ferris for the Gold. The girls played their hearts out but once again ran into a hot goalie on the opposite side. This time, the Timmins team out on the short end of an 8-6 score, but came home with their heads up high and a well earned Silver medal.
The U10 Novice Timmins Blue team also had a successful weekend in Sudbury, in winning two games (8-7 over Iroquois Falls and 7-1 over Sudbury) and losing one game (9-2 to Sault Ste. Marie) in round robin play. On the Sunday morning, the Timmins Team once again found themselves facing their foes from Iroquois Falls; this time in the Semi-Final game. The Timmins Blue team played hard but fell short by a 8-4 final score. The spirited Iroquois Falls team went on the win the Silver medal in this division.
The Timmins U12 team played three games over the weekend. In the first game, they played to a hard fought 7-7 tie against Valley East. In Game 2, they fell to Sudbury by a score of 13-8. In the third game, they came together as a team and showed what they are made of in beating Walden 11-6. This left the hard working team tied for third place with both Iroquois Falls and Valley East. Due to the tie breaking rules, the Timmins team failed to advance to the semi-finals; finishing in fourth. The Iroquois Falls Petite team went on to capture the gold medal in this division. The Timmins Team and their coaching staff was nonetheless proud of their accomplishments and had fun all weekend.
The Timmins U-14 team came home proud with a well earned silver medal. This amazing young group of girls (an amalgamation of house league players from 3 local teams) worked hard to gell as a team as they got to know each other during their first game against the West Ferris 63’s from North Bay. It was a hard fought and spirited game but Timmins came up just short in the end in losing 4-3. Game 2 was against Sudbury. The team came out with a spirited effort and great goaltending, and bested Sudbury 5-1. Their third match was against a highly skilled team from Valley East. The U14 girls knew that this would be their biggest challenge and it showed as the team fell behind by a score of 6-1 after the first period. But, with the encouragement of the coaching staff and the rallying cries of their supporters, the Team rallied back in the second period to make the final score respectable (9-5), and gave Valley East something to think about. The girls had bonded together all weekend and took that positive attitude to their semi-final game on Sunday morning against North Bay. The Timmins team played a hard and determined game; leaving everything on the ice in winning 4-2. The win meant that they were in the finals playing for Gold. Once again, they were going in as underdogs against the strong team from Valley East. But, the girls had learned from their first encounter, and were ready to play. The game was fast-paced and very intense. No one was disappointed. Speed, skill, amazing passing, and great goaltending was evident on both sides. By the end of the first period, Timmins was down by a 4-3 score. They re-grouped during the short break and came out determined to start the second period. That hard work paid off as they scored to tie the game 4-4 after 30 seconds. Valley East came back with a flurry of pressure and scored three unanswered goals over the next 10 minutes. But, the Timmins U14 team had grown as a unit and adopted a ‘never give up‘ attitude. They forced themselves back in the game with three goals of their own, but in the end, lost a heartbreaker 8-7. The girls were saddened by the tough loss but after some time to reflect, they were proud of their team accomplishments and their shiny new medal. The coaching staff is proud of all 13 players on the team. They all worked hard to support each other and were backed by the outstanding goaltending of Adèle Larochelle.
Timmins also had a Junior /Belle team play in Sudbury. This team was a mix of U16 and U19 players. Their tournament began on Friday with a game against Sudbury. The game was hard fought on both sides and ended in a 4-4 draw. On Saturday, the Timmins team won both their games. In the first of the games, the Junior/Belle girls won a close game against Valley East 4-3. The second of the day proved equally as challenging as Timmins squeezed out a 4-3 win over a stubborn team from Walden. This left the Timmins team ranked #1 after round robin play, and gave them a bye into Sunday‘s final game. The final game against Walden would prove a battle of wills as both teams played hard and showed that both wanted to win this game bad. It was a seesaw battle the entire game, with no team holding more than a one goal lead at any time. However, the Walden team prevailed 7-6 with the winning goal coming late in the game. The Coaching staff was proud of their girls and the way they never gave up. The Team returned home proud with their well earned silver medal.
The Open division team from Timmins came home with a Gold Medal, after beating Valley East in the Final, 8-4. The ladies played hard all weekend, in putting together a strong 2-1 record in round robin play. Their only loss was to the same Valley East team that they met in the Final.
All told, it was another great weekend for the Timmins Ringette house league program. A big thanks to all the coaches, players, and parents who helped to make this weekend so successful and fun