After waiting nearly a month to win their zone championship, the Strathmore U19B Ice must have felt like they were playing rapid fire this past weekend in Lacombe during their provincial championships.
Despite playing five games over three days, the Ice were able to find enough energy to walk away with the silver medal.
The Ice was clipped 8-6 by Medicine Hat in the provincial final.
Becky Driver scored a pair of goals, while Darcie Weir, Keirsten Gron, Brooklyn Reinhart and Kennedy Elder supplied one goal each.
“We certainly weren’t a dominating team this season, but we played consistent ringette and were in every game. If we got a couple bounces go our way, we knew we would be hanging around by the end of the weekend,” said Ice head coach Sonny Warrack.
Medicine Hat came in ranked as the top seed, after skating through the regular season with just one loss, a 6-5 shave job by the Ice back in November.
“We played them three times in the regular season, so we knew we were in tough and that we had to play good in order to beat them,” said Warrack. “They had a deeper bench — their 17 skaters to our 11 — but we hung in there with them, we just couldn’t get the extra bounce or two we needed to push us over the top.”
In the semis, the Ice cooked Fort Saskatchewan 13-6. Weir scored eight goals, Driver and Brooklyn Reinhart each bagged a pair and Gron added a single.
“We were a little rusty, having only played 12 games in the past three weeks, but we were able to shake it off pretty quickly and get back up to speed again,” said Warrack.
Playing in the final round robin game, the Ice were slighted 6-5 by the Calgary Northwest Surge. Weir and Reinhart each sniped a pair and Driver chipped in with a single.
Against Lacombe, the Ice pulled out a 9-4 win courtesy of Weir and Driver supplying four goals apiece and Kennedy Elder adding the other.
The Ice opened the tourney with a bang, dismantling St. Albert 14-1. Elder scored six times, while Weir, Driver, Jemma Warrack, Gron and Reinhart chipped in offensively.