Three Hat squads bring home the gold at Airdrie Ring of Fire tournament
Medicine Hat sent three teams to the Airdrie Ring of Fire ringette tournament over the weekend, and the under14A Tropics, under-12B Edge and the under-12C Ice Breakers all brought home the gold.
The Tropics went undefeated at the tournament to improve their overall record on the year to 13-0. They punched their ticket to the semifinal after cruising through the round robin with an 11-5 win over the Regina Roar, an 11-4 blowout over the Airdrie Blue and a 7-2 win over the Beaumont Rush.
The Tropics went on to top the Red Deer Rush 9-6 to advance to the championship game where they pulled off an emphatic 7-1 win over the Hinton Kryptonite to take the gold.
The Edge stormed through their own group stage as well, outscoring Cochrane, Airdrie, Calgary Northwest and Regina by a combined 39-8 to advance to the final, where things got a lot more interesting.
The Beaumont Rush kept things close and forced overtime with just three seconds left in regulation, but Hayley Grad played the hero in extra time, firing the ring into the back of the net 45 seconds into the frame.
Goaltenders Mackenzie Tindall and Brooklyn Thomas shared the load between the pipes, while Sophie Kerr led the Edge in both goals and assists.
The Ice Breakers earned their gold medal by exacting some revenge on Spruce Grove. After going 3-1 in the group stage, the Ice Breakers earned a chance at redemption and made good on the opportunity with a 12-5 victory.
Emersen Brezovski led the Ice Breakers with 11 goals in the tournament, while Gracelyn Ulmer and Isabella Heinrichs both potted seven and Ryleigh Jackiw and Grace Amman had six apiece. Goaltender Kyree SternRebmann led the way between the pipes.
Mission climb to third
The Medicine Hat Mission under-16A ringette squad split their weekend on the ice with a 6-3 win and a 7-4 loss to the South Calgary Blues on Sunday.
Bree Becker and Amanda Robinson led the Mission to their opening victory with two goals apiece while Stephanie Stroh and Ashlyn Seale both had individual markers.
While Robinson repeated the feat with two goals in the following matchup, with Becker and Jada Harper rounding out Medicine Hat’s scoring, the Blues came bounced back to split the doubleheader.
The Medicine Hat under-14A Tropics (left), under-12C Ice Breakers (below) and under-12B Edge (not pictured) all took home gold medals at the Airdrie Ring of Fire ringette tournament this weekend.