Predators claim national U19 ringette title

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Guelph Predators are the national under-19 ringette champions.

The Predators scored twice in the final seven minutes of the gold-medal game to hand Quebec Laurentides a 5-3 setback.

The loss was the first of the tournament for the Quebec squad while the Predators had suffered a single loss in the round-robin segment, a 5-3 loss to Quebec.

In the final, the Predators jumped ahead 3-0 shortly after the midway mark of the opening period. However, Quebec battled back to tie the score with a goal in the final minute of the first period and two just less than two minutes apart midway through the second period.

The tie didn’t last long, though, as Claire Wyville put the locals ahead for good 23 minutes after Quebec had tied it. Lydia Duncan added an insurance goal on a power play with 39 seconds to go in the game.

Duncan collected two goals, both on power plays, for the Guelph side while Jada Laliberte, Bronte Bilton and Wyville added single goals. Emily Power and Paige Miller each had two assists and Laliberte had one.

Charlie Maille scored all three goals for Quebec while Delphine Aguiar had two assists and Marianne Prevost had one.

Lauren Hill turned aside 39 shots to get the win in the Guelph net while Marie-Eve Dube had 28 saves for Laurentides.

Other members of the Guelph squad are Mikayla Billing, Lauren Bilton, Sidney Claerbout, Hilary Davidson, Lauren Eccles, Abby Hahn, Danielle McIntosh, Julia Mezenberg, Kaitlyn Sharpe, Olivia Verbit, head coach John Mezenberg and assistant coaches Todd Claerbout, Dave Eccles and Lisa Wyville.

It’s the second time in four years the Predators have won the national title in the U19 age group as they also won in 2016 when the tournament was held in London.

  • Guelph Sports Journal