The Timmins Ringette association was well represented in Guelph on the weekend of February 12 to 14th as all four teams had strong tournaments. Three of the four teams made the final with the U19 and U16 teams coming home with the golden honours.
In the U19A division, the Tornadoes went 4-0 in the round robin, improving their provincial ranking to 4th in the province in the process. They defeated City of Ottawa(4-1), Richmond Hill(6-2), Ajax(3-1) and Guelph (4-3) on their way to their perfect record. This guaranteed them a spot in the final where they met Richmond Hill once again and played a strong game, demonstrating their offensive prowess in a 5-3 win to claim gold. The Jensen sisters Tara and Emily dominated the score sheet with 4 of the 5 goals, complimented by Jordan Thiboutot’s top corner masterpiece to wrap up the scoring.
In goal, the duo of Kayla Short and Isabelle Chartier supported by their solid defence held the opponents to an average of only 2 goals against for the tournament, the lowest of all teams.
Coach Danya Desjardins was quite proud of her team: “The girls have been working hard all season and played very well as a team. It was great to come out with a gold!”
The U16A Tornadoes proved to be too big a twister for their opponents, extending their winning streak to 11 games, with 4 round robin wins against Kitchener (8-4), Guelph (8-1), Mississauga (3-2) and Cambridge (7-1). In the semi-final, they faced the only team to beat them this year – the Ajax Shooting Stars. This was a fast paced defensive battle where Timmins came out on top 2-1, with both timely goals coming from Isabelle Rondeau.
In the Final, the U16A Tornadoes faced Kitchener once again. The Tornadoes were well disciplined against the hardnosed Wildcats squad. The Wildcats got into penalty trouble, giving up two “3 on 2” situations and Timmins took advantage with two power play goals, which would make the difference in their 4-2 win for gold.
The U16A Tornadoes dominated the scoring during the tournament, taking the top three spots with Janelle Beland (14 points), Alexie Trudel and Erin Rumleski (both with 12 points). Sonia Viel and her defensive core were also at the top of the leader board with a goals against of 1.83.
Coach Rick Dagenais is encouraged with his team’s progress: “Our top guns had an exceptional tournament, however other players also stepped up in times of need and made huge contributions, both offensively and defensively. We played a very well disciplined game, and once again were one of the least penalized teams. Our preparation for the upcoming Provincials is right on track.”
In the U14A division, the Tornadoes also were perfect in the round robin, bringing them to an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 ranking heading into Provincials. They steam rolled through the round robin beating Kitchener (8-2), Dorchester (9-2), Guelph (8-1) and Waterloo (7-0). This earned them a bye to the finals. In the Final, they met a rejuvenated and motivated Dorchester team. It was a very close game with Timmins opening up the scoring with Magalie Durepos-Letourneau marker at the 8 min mark. Dorchester responded with two goals before the end of the first period to make the score 2-1. Timmins continued pressing and totally dominated ring possession, but just could not find an opening on Dorchester goaltender Emily Verhoeve. Dorchester replied to the pressure with Sydney Court’s second goal late in the game to bring the final score to 3-1.
Coach Jason Brousseau conceded that they were beaten by a hot goalie which they could not solve. Although this was the team’s first loss of the season, they had good team dynamics and chemistry throughout the tournament, dominating the score chart with a whopping 32 goals in the tournament. Magalie Durepos-Letourneau and Marie Bourdages-Cote were atop the scoring leaders board with 19 points and 13 points respectively. The team’s stellar goaltending duo of Adele Larochelle and Emile Robert held the best goals against average of 1.6.
In the youngest and very competitive division of U12 Provincial, the Tornadoes had an excellent tournament, finishing 2 and 2 for the weekend. Their two wins were against Tillsonburg (8-7) and Elora Fergus (8-2), with two losses facing Guelph (7-2) and the eventual silver medalist Kitchener (6-5).They missed advancing to the next round by a whisker, but continue to remain in good spirits. Leading the charge were Marguerite Bourdages-Cote and Caelen Easton, who were tied for the tournament’s top honours in scoring with 13 points each.
Coach Eric Letourneau indicated he was very proud of his team’s effort facing such great opposition.