Five house league teams, two U10, one U12, one U14, and one Open Division, from Timmins had a successful weekend of Ringette while attending the Sudbury Regional Ringette Tournament from November 25-27, 2016. The Timmins U10 R team (Fraser Pool) worked hard all weekend and finished with a 2-1 record and that was good enough for a second place finish in their pool.
The Timmins Tornadoes U10 W team (Novice) also finished with a positive 2 and 1 record, and had to fight through a lot of adversity to accomplish this feat. In their first game against Valley East (L), Timmins fought hard in a back and forth match, and prevailed with a well-earned 9-8 win. In their second game, the Tornadoes scored early and often on route to a convincing 9-1 win over Sudbury. In the end though, a resilient team from Barrie proved to be the team to beat. Although Timmins played hard with wilful determination, the tough Barrie team edged them in a heartbreaker, 6-5. The undefeated Barrie team received a bye to the Gold medal final game, while the Tornadoes moved on to play Valley East in the semi-finals. This proved to be an especially challenging game as Timmins was missing three players. In the end, the Tornadoes played with a bench of only seven players and a goalie, but were determined to hit the ice and prove what Timmins Ringette players were made of. Playing with pride, determination, and very little time to rest, each Timmins player gave it their all. It was a hard fought back and forth affair, but in the end, Valley East prevailed by a 13-12 score. That close to going on to the Finals!!
The Timmins U12 team went through the round robin portion of their pool with a perfect 3-O record. They scored a whopping 26 goals while only surrendering 10. But, in the final Gold medal game, the Tornadoes lost to West Ferris and settled for a Silver medal.
The Timmins Tornadoes U14 Team was successful in coming home with a Gold medal after holding off a hardworking Valey East team and winning a close 3-2 final. In that spirited game, Danielle Southcott opened the scoring with a great play from Kaylee Simoneau; working hard from the corner. Zoe Julien put the Timmins team up by two after a quick breakout pass from Danika Ratte. Valley East came out strong to start the second and put one by the Timmins goalie to get close at 2-1. Then, Karine Harvey came in off the defence to put one by the Valley East netminder to restore the two-goal lead. Valley East pushed hard and scored a goal to make it close at 3-2. The Tornadoes were able to hold off the tremendous attack of Valley East in the last minute of the game to bring home the Gold. Coach Remi Harvey stated that “It was a total team effort all weekend, with a special mention to their Goalie, Katy Page; who was exceptional the entire tournament!”.
The Timmins Over 18 (Open division) team also came home victorious after winning Gold against a team from Walden, in the Finals. The Timmins team had gone through the round robin portion of their pool with a perfect 3-0 record and finished in first place. They scored 16 goals in those games while only allowing 5.
All told, another successful weekend of Ringette for teams from the Timmins Ringette Association.