7:30 a.m., Feb. 11)
teams capture two gold medals at 34th annual Gloucester Ringette Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association held its 34th annual tournament on
the weekend with over 100 teams seeing action in 21 different divisions at nine
different arenas throughout the city.
the time the competition was whittled down to the final day, no fewer than 11
Gloucester-Cumberland teams had made it through to the finals. Unfortunately only
two of them won gold, while the rest had to settle for silver.
GCRA Junior B1 team downed a team from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 3-1 on goals by
Erin Van Gulik, Alisa Leduc and Stephanie Larocque-Villiers to claim their gold
medals. A fourth goal by Katie Doak was disallowed in the second period and Dartmouth
had a goal disallowed in the first with the score tied 1-1.
Gulik led all scorers in the Junior B1 division with four goals in four games,
while defenceman Anik Gougeon did a stellar job filling in between the pipes for
the teams regular goaltender Stephanie Rochette.
only other GCRA team to claim a gold medal on the weekend was the Tween C squad
which downed Pointe Claire 7-4.
took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Erin Aucoin. Kara Flood then scored the first
of four goals to put her team up 2-0 with the game not even three minutes old.
Claire finally got on the scoreboard at the 7:07 mark of the first period to narrow
the deficit to 2-1 which is where the score remained until the final minute of
the period when the two teams exchanged goals. Chelsea Laroche scored for Gloucester-Cumberland
with 53 seconds left in the period and then Pointe Claire responded with just
three ticks left on the clock.
second goal of the game would give Gloucester-Cumberland a two goal lead early
in the third, but Point Claire came right back once again to narrow the deficit
to just a goal.
and teammate Samantha Mongeon finally put the game out of reach when they scored
just 16 seconds apart at the midway mark of the second.
fourth goal of the game with 3:04 left in the game would give Gloucester-Cumberland
a 7-3 advantage and then Pointe Clair replied just 10 seconds later to make the
final 7-4. It was a solid effort by a Gloucester-Cumberland team which had tied
Pointe Claire earlier in the tournament.
GCRAs Junior A entry almost picked up a third gold medal for the host organization,
but they lost in overtime to Nepean. By and large, the Gloucester-Cumberland team
were the masters of their own demise for
taking so many ill-timed penalties,
the most costly of which ultimately led to the game winning goal.
irony is that Gloucester-Cumberland won the gold medal at the Nepean tournament
earlier this year. Both teams are ranked among the top five in the province and
have already qualified for the Provincial A championships which will be hosted
by the Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association in March.
the Junior A team, the GCRAs Junior AA, Junior B2, Tween B1, Petite B1,
Petite B2, Petite Provincial Gold, Novice C1 and Novice Rec teams also won silver
medals on the final day of the tournament.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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