Junior AA prevailed in TORL action over the weekend, defeating the Shuswap Junior A 10-3 Saturday and the Shuswap Belle 6-3 on Sunday.
Versus Shuswap Junior A, Teigan Moore (three assists), Alyx Rudderham and Robyn Slamka tied to lead in scoring with two; Riley Pickrell (two assists), Kairo Mair, Kianna Pak (one assist) and Allison Bihari all had one goal apiece and Erin Banning and Taigan Radomske notched assists.
Sunday against Shuswap Belle, Pickrell led the team with two goals and an assist followed by teammates Pak (two assists), Moore (one assist), Erin Banning and Rudderham who all scored one. Radomske earned an assist. Goalie Tara MacMillan was strong in net.
If anyone can draw a crowd and significantly raise the noise level in the arena, it’s the Ring of Fire ringette team. Once again the fans in the stands were brought to their feet as the game came down to another nail-biting finish with Kelowna edging ahead with just 50 seconds left on the clock.
The game highlighted the team’s improvement in playing as a cohesive unit. The team led by three goals to two (thanks to Emilie Petryshen, Kassi Archambault and Brooklynne Agricola) at the end of the first period.
Despite tight defence by Emma Kirkman and Alexa Hadath, along with superb goalkeeping by Victoria Sirko, the Kelowna team managed to equalize and then edge ahead with under three minutes left on the clock. Not to be beaten, Ring of Fire’s Tori Keehn scored her second goal of the period and evened things up, 5-5, with 1:07 on the clock. At this point everyone was holding their breath and watching the clock. Less than 20 seconds later, Kelowna scored the winning goal.
The Ring of Fire team was supported by the efforts of Megan Clark, Jaiden Clifford, Stephanie Martin (first period assist), Marissa Materi and Paige Saitz (second period assist).