The U16B ringette provincials have descended on Strathmore and the host team is looking to catch some magic on home ice.
The Strathmore Ice, coached by Dean Hansen, gets underway March 10, 9:30 a.m. when they host Beaumont at the Strathmore Family Centre.
“It hasn’t been our best season on the ice, but this is the best group of girls that I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach,” said Hansen. “Our games are always exciting and probably cost me a couple of grey hairs.”
The Ice finished 5-11 in league play and are coming off a 4-2 victory Feb. 12 against the Indus squad.
“Hopefully we peak at the right time,” said Hansen. “I think a lot of teams might take us for granted as the host team, but we still have to play our best every single game and hope for a little bit of luck.”
Strathmore submitted their bid for provincials back in August and was awarded the event just before Christmas.
As part of the provincials, the opening ceremonies will take place March 10 at the Civic Centre. The evening will include a dinner, player and coach introductions and a slideshow featuring all the athletes. Pictures of the athletes as they grew up playing ringette will be shown, as a fun time capsule back to where the love of the sport began.
Throughout the tournament, there will be raffles and a ringette store at the arena.
The Ice hit the ice for their second game on the 10th, when they host the Fort McMurray Fusion at 2 p.m. They will wrap up round robin play March 11 when they take on the Bowview Ambush at 12:15 p.m.
The bronze medal match is slated for March 12 (1:45 p.m.), followed by the gold medal game at the Strathmore Family Centre.