Just a few weeks ago, the U12 Provincial Petites were in the crowd, cheering on Timmins teams at the Provincial A tournament held in Timmins. As the whole city lived to the beat of ringette, the U12 squad were anxiously waiting for their own chance to compete in the championship tournament. During the April 8-10th weekend, it was their turn to fight for Gold in Ottawa, host of the U12PP event.
The first game was against a very strong GCRA Ring Devils team. The Tornadoes had previously played GCRA twice this season, earning a tie and a win in a gold medal game. The game lived up to expectations and was a battle from the beginning to end. The tornadoes’ speed and strong defensive play proved to be too much for the devils and Timmins started the tournament with a 5-3 win. The second game of the day took the young U12 team by surprise as they were heavily favored to beat St-Mary’s team. St-Mary’s ended up offering a very strong performance and the Timmins Tornadoes had to settle for a 4-4 tie.
After a win and a tie, the Tornadoes started the second day of the tournament in second place, one point behind the London Lynx; the very team that they had to face. That game was extremely intense. But no matter how many shots the Timmins squad threw at the London goalie, nothing would go in. The Tornadoes lost 3-1 and they were sitting in 4th place after 2 days.
With their back against the wall, they couldn’t afford to lose another game. The offense had a breakthrough against Burlington and Timmins won 7-1, but the real challenge was awaiting them. The last game of the round robin would be a do or die game against the team that was chasing them for the 3rd and last spot for semis. The Elora Fergus team jumped to a formidable 4-1 lead in the first period. However, the Timmins squad would not surrender; the winds started to pick up in the second period and the Tornadoes touched down! Eventually, they tied the game with 2 minutes left. With that tie, the Timmins team would once again face the London lynx in the semis.
The semis was one of the greatest ringette game you could imagine. Both teams were relentless and played a hard, fast, physical game. After the end of regular time, the score was tied at 3 apiece. In overtime, the Lynx and the Tornadoes both had great scoring chances only to be stopped by goalies that would just not surrender the winning goals. Both teams had to survive penalties and the crowd held their breath many times on plays that could have ended the game. Finally, after 13 minutes of overtime play, the Tornadoes got a breakthrough and managed to find the back of the net. Timmins was heading to the finals!
All that standed in the way was the GCRA team. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, the Ring Devils were fully rested, having not played a semi final game where as the Timmins squad barely had a few hours to rest between their 2 games of the day. Timmins held their ground in the 1st period but the exhausting semi’s game caught up with them as GCRA captured Gold.
The U12 Provincial Petite Tornadoes are bringing home a well-deserved Provincial silver medal. What made it possible was that under that silver medal lies a heart of gold!
They played as a team; they never gave up and showed a lot of character.
They lived up to our team’s moto : Skate Hard, Check Hard, Shoot Hard!
The coaching staff is extremely proud of the determined Tornadoes!