Predators advance to national U19 ringette final
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Guelph Predators will be going for gold in the Under-19 category Saturday at Ringette Canada’s national championship tournament.
The Predators had a 7-1 record in the round-robin portion of the tournament to finish second to Quebec’s Laurentides, their opponent in the championship match.
In the round-robin, the Predators defeated Prince Edward Island 7-3, Team Manitoba 7-3, Alberta Zone Five 8-4, British Columbia 5-4, Calgary Rush 8-7, Saskatchewan Blazers 6-5 in overtime and Nepean 8-5.
Claire Wyville struck for 17 goals for the Guelph squad in the round-robin while Lydia Duncan had nine and Hilary Davidson added six. Lauren Eccles and Emily Power followed with five apiece while Danielle McIntosh had four, Jada Laliberte had three and Paige Miller, Lauren Bilton and Bronte Bilton each had one.
Miller assisted on 13 goals while McIntosh picked up 12 assists and Wyville collected 10. Power had nine, Duncan and Laliberte seven each, Kaitlyn Sharpe five, Eccles four, Davidson and Abby Hahn three each, Sidney Claerbout and the Biltons two apiece and Julia Mezenberg one. Olivia Verbit is the other playing member of the team.
Mikayla Billing had a 5-0 record in net as she made 132 saves in the round-robin while Lauren Hill had a 2-1 record with 88 saves in her three games.
The locals advanced to the playoff round Friday and they responded with a 6-3 win over New Brunswick in the quarter-finals and a 5-3 victory over Calgary Rush in the semifinals.
Duncan scored a hat trick against New Brunswick while Wyville had two goals and Power scored the other one. Eccles had two assists and Miller, Wyville, Davidson, Bronte Bilton, Mezenberg, McIntosh and Hahn each had one. Hill made 23 saves for the win.
The Predators connected for three consecutive goals in the second period in the win over Calgary in the semifinals. The locals had a power-play goal in the game while Calgary had two. Wyville hit for a hat trick for the Predators while Davidson and Duncan scored the other goals. McIntosh assisted on three of the goals and single assists were awarded to Miller, Wyville, Eccles, Davidson and Mezenberg. Hill picked up the win with 32 saves.
Quebec also scored two wins Friday to gain its berth in Saturday’s final. Laurentides doubled Edmonton Elite 6-3 in the quarter-finals and edged Nepean 6-5 to remain undefeated in the tournament.
- Guelph Sports Journal