The Timmins Tornadoes U19 A Ringette Team were once again victorious on the road this past weekend, bringing home gold in consecutive tournaments. Timmins sent four squads to compete in the Whitby Wild 2018 Tournament January 5-7, 2018. Three of four age groups came home with gold.
The U19A Tornadoes were difficult to contain with their offence and defence posting some impressive numbers. Timmins completed round robin play with 26 goals for and 4 against in 4 games, finishing 4 and 0 heading into the final against Forest. The long-time Forest-Timmins rivalry continued. Forest and Timmins have met in the final of numerous tournaments and Provincial Championships in the last 5 years: they both competed in the Final of the 2014 and 2015 Provincial Championships in hotly contested games.
The final game of the Whitby Tournament began with Forest striking first at 11:25 of the first period with Regan Moffat beating Sonia Viel on a shot from a scramble just outside the crease. This was the first time Timmins had been coming from behind all tournament. Not long afterwards, Forest got into penalty trouble, giving up a 3 on 2 situation where Timmins capitalized on a goal from Sydney Dagenais.
Timmins’ Véronique Gagné replied shortly after exiting the penalty box , beating goalie Moriah Mallick of Forest, fighting hard to keep her team within reach of the Timmins squad now leading 2-1.
Mackenzie Loates then replied for Forest, but that was countered soon thereafter by Jaime Cayen’s marker with 7:58 remaining in the first half giving Timmins the lead again. Forest would keep fighting and eventually were able to put another past Viel with only 2:51 in half one. With the first period tied at three, Forest were proving to be a real thorn in the side of the Timmins squad.
The second half opened with the Tornadoes scoring only 28 seconds into the frame when Isabelle Rondeau drove to the net and scored on passes from her linemates Dagenais and Gagné. This lead stood for 10 minutes until the same line struck again with a goal from Dagenais with 5 minutes remaining in the final frame. The Timmins squad, understanding the importance of possession, kept 90% of possession in the final minutes to control the game and finish with their second win in consecutive tournaments.
Coach Rick Dagenais praised his team’s collective effort. The defence worked tremendously well together to manage opponents scoring opportunities and their man to man defence was outstanding. This team is made of many senior players who don’t worry about the individual but rather the team objectives. This is what makes us stand apart from other teams. We are looking forward to what the rest of the season has in store for us.
Timmins is looking forward to preparing for their next tournament in Guelph in early February, with their ultimate goals set on the Provincial Championships in March 2018.