It took nearly a month to crown the U19B Zone 2 ringette champion, but the Strathmore Ice finally took home the title March 19 at their home rink.
After dropping the first game of the best-of-three final back in February, the Ice stormed back into the series by clipping the AC Thunder 5-3 March 11 in Cochrane.
Short three players, the Ice managed to level the series thanks to Maddy Wheeler, an affiliated player from the U16A team, who scored four times in Game 2.
With the provincial playoffs and the never-ending battle for ice time throwing a wrench into the schedule earlier in the month, the teams resumed action March 19 for the decisive Game 3 at the Strathmore Family Centre.
Led by their captain Darcie Weir, the Ice terminated the Thunder 6-4. Weir netted a pair, while singles came from Natalie Wilson, Emily Torgrimson, Becky Driver and Brooklyn Reinhart.
“We had a very short bench in Game 3, but we played hard with a lot of heart, giving us a chance to win. We also received great goaltending from Erin Reynolds in Game 2 and 3,” said Ice manager Darlene Reynolds.
The Ice advanced to provincials, which take place this weekend (24-26) in Lacombe. The 16-team tournament will be divided into two pools to determine the provincial champion.