Predators U19s split games, lead pool at Nationals
LEDUC, Alta. – The Guelph Predators split a pair of games on the second day of the Canadian under-19 ringette championship tournament Tuesday.
The Predators suffered a 3-1 loss to Saskatchewan One before bouncing back to edge Manitoba Two (Magic) 7-6 in double overtime.
The locals scored a power-play goal in the first period against Saskatchewan before giving up three goals in the third.
Claire Wyville scored the goal for Guelph with help from Anna Lawrence and Madison Jarvis.
Robin Nimegeers, Jade Weimer and Dannielle Yeager scored for Saskatchewan all after the midway mark of the second period.
Janna Griffioen was in net for the Predators who outshot Saskatchewan 35-31.
Penalties proved costly for the Predators against Manitoba as the Magic scored four power-play goals including two in the final nine minutes of regulation time to force the overtime. The locals had two power-play goals.
Wyville’s ninth goal of the tournament gave Guelph the win 24 seconds into the second overtime period.
The Predators trailed 3-2 after the first period, but scored three times in the first two minutes of the second to shoot ahead. However, Manitoba rallied to tie it 6-6 and force the extra time.
The teams battled scoreless through the first 20-minute overtime period.
Wyville finished with four goals for the Predators while Melanie Hatch, Christina Nadalin and Rachel Woods added single goals. Lawrence, Hatch and Nadalin each had two assists while single assists were awarded to Woods, Sidney Claerbout, Heather Vink, Julia Patton, Emily McQuoid and Jarvis.
Taylor Hildebrand had a hat trick for Manitoba while Megan Burmey, Samantha Groen and Carleigh Petersen also scored.
Samantha Gorgi was in net for the win for the locals. She made 47 saves while her teammates fired 69 shots on goal including 31 in overtime.
The locals had opened the tournament with a pair of wins Monday as they defeated Prince Edward Island 8-2 and nipped Nova Scotia 6-5.
The Predators scored six times in the first period against P.E.I. and had a 52-27 advantage in shots on net.
Nadalin, Taryn McManus and Danielle McIntosh scored twice each for Guelph while Wyville and Patton added single goals. Claerbout, Hatch, McManus, Lawrence, McIntosh and Patton each had two assists and Wyville had one.
Griffioen picked up the win in net.
The Predators grabbed a three-goal lead seven minutes into the second period then held on for the win over Nova Scotia.
Guelph led 4-3 at the end of the first period and outshot Nova Scotia 39-34 in the game.
Wyville had a hat trick for the locals while Nadalin, Patton and Sophie Albert also scored. Lawrence had two assists and Claerbout, Jarvis, Nadalin, Vink, Hatch, Woods and McManus had one apiece.
Gorgi collected the win in net for Guelph.
The Predators lead Pool A with seven points with three wins including the overtime win which was worth three points in the standings. Alberta Two (St. Albert Mission) is second with six points while Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia each have five, Alberta Three (Central Alberta Stings) and Manitoba Two have four apiece, Quebec Two (Rive Sud) has two and P.E.I. has one.
Manitoba One leads Pool B with nine points while Alberta One has seven, Ontario Two (Richmond Hill) has six, Quebec One five, Alberta Four (Edmonton Elite) four, New Brunswick three, Alberta Five (Zone 5 GRIT) two and British Columbia one.
The Predators are to wrap up their round-robin pool play with games against Quebec Two Wednesday and Alberta Three and Alberta Two Thursday.
The quarter-finals and semifinals are set for Friday while the medal matches are to be played Saturday.
- Guelph Sports Journal