Predators advance to national U19 quarter-finals
LEDUC, Alta. – The Guelph Predators split their final two games of round-robin pool play Thursday at the Canadian under-19 ringette championship tournament.
The Ontario champion Predators edged Alberta Three (Central Alberta Sting) 2-1 and lost 5-2 to Alberta Two (St. Albert Mission) to complete pool play third in Pool A with four wins, one in overtime, and three losses for nine points.
Quebec Two (Rive Sud) and Alberta Two finished with 10 points apiece while Nova Scotia had nine, Alberta Three eight, Saskatchewan seven, Manitoba Two (Magic) six and Prince Edward Island one.
Top four advanced to Friday’s championship quarter-finals while the bottom four moved on to the consolation quarter-finals.
Gaining championship quarter-final berths from Pool B were Manitoba One with 15 points, Alberta One with 11, Alberta Four (Edmonton Elite) with 10 and Ontario Two (Richmond Hill) with eight. Quebec One had seven, New Brunswick five, Alberta Five (Zone 5 GRIT) four and British Columbia one.
Claire Wyville scored both goals for the Predators in the win over Alberta Three. Her shorthanded goal late in the first period tied the score 16 seconds after Alberta Three had scored the first goal of the game.
Wyville’s winning goal came on a power play early in the second period.
Heather Vink, Anna Lawrence and Christina Nadalin each had an assist in the game while Janna Griffioen made 24 saves in the Ontario net for the win. Her teammates fired 35 shots on net.
Nadalin and Melanie Hatch each had a goal and an assist in the loss to Alberta Two while Lawrence assisted on both goals.
The Predators never led in the game as Alberta Two scored the first three goals of the game including the first two in the opening six minutes. Alberta Two led 4-1 at the end of the first period.
Ontario outshot Alberta Two 33-25. Samantha Gorgi and Griffioen shared the goaltending chores.
The Predators are to play Alberta One in Friday’s championship quarter-finals. The other quarter-final matches have Richmond Hill playing Rive Sud, Nova Scotia playing Manitoba One and Edmonton Elite playing St. Albert Mission.
Semifinals are set for Friday night.
The medal games, bronze and gold, are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
- Guelph Sports Journal