St. Thomas Thunder captured two gold and a bronze while Dorchester Dragons
brought home silver and bronze from the Western Regional championships
Tuesday, April, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
AYLMER - Two gold and a silver medal.
That is the medal haul for the St. Thomas Thunder from four teams competing at the 2019 Western Region ringette championships, March 30/31.
Both the under-12 and U14 teams won gold, while the U16s settled for silver.
Kayla Cormier scored 40 seconds into the extra session lifting St. Thomas over Guelph, 10-9, in the U12R gold medal game, at the East Elgin Community Centre. Cormier also tied the game, with four and half minutes left in the second half, her fourth of five goals in the game.
More on the St. Thomas U12 team at Thunder win thriller in OT
The Dorchester Dragons had their U16s bring home silver, while the U9 team won bronze.
Ella Metzger scored twice, including the game winner, to lead St. Thomas over the Dorchester Dragons, 5-3, in the U14R gold medal game, at Delhi.
Tied at three at half-time, Metzger and Charlotte Rose scored in the second half. Metzger, Ava Gough and Rachel Payne potted goals in the first half.
Avery O'Brien, Keeley Van Horne and Kaleigh Handley, replied for Dorchester.
The Thunder went 4-0-0 at the tournament.
Metzger, with two goals, and Gough, scored in a 3-1 win over Kitchener.
Alyssa Gordon and Metzger, each buried two rings, in a 4-1 dumping of London. Tristan Daly drew two assists.
Gordon potted the winner as the Thunder edged Dorchester, 4-3, in their pool play meeting. Daly had two goals and Metzger, one. Avery O'Brien and Isabella Reed replied for Dorchester.
Dorchester went 2-2, both losses to St. Thomas.
The Dragons burned London, 6-1, with both O'Brien and Handley scoring twice. Keeley Van Horne and Andie Rice, had one each.
Handley had a natural hat trick in Dorchester's 4-1 defeat of Kitchener. Rice had a goal and one assist. Goalie Hannah Lavoie was 45 seconds away from a shutout when Kitchener scored.
Josh Brown scored three minutes into overtime, as Kitchener edged St. Thomas, 5-4, in the U16R gold medal game, at the East Elgin Community Centre.
The Thunder led 3-1 at half, on goals from Alexis Walker, Chloe VanderHayden and Taylor Hornbostel.
Kitchener scored twice in 54 seconds mid second half, to tie the game.
Chloe Locker put the Thunder up 4-3, with seven minutes remaining, but Kitchener knotted it up again, with just under five minutes to go.
"Heartbreaker," Thunder coach Brian Hornboste said. "We kind of saw the momentum changing half way through that first period. Good on Kitchener. They never gave up. They kept fighting. It's a couple of bounces or indecisions that make the difference."
St. Thomas compiled a 2-0-1 round robin record, including blanking Kitchener, 4-0.
"The girls went in underestimated them because we played them in the round robin and beat them," said Hornbostel. "But at this level, all of the teams are the same. You can't think what happened yesterday is going to happen today."
Goalie Emma Dicker stopped all shots, in the Thunder's shutout of Kitchener. Makayla Walker, Olivia Cormier, VanderHayden and Hornbostel scored.
Cloe Locker and Makayla Walker, both had two goals and an assist and Alexis Walker scored twice, to lead the St. Thomas Thunder in a 8-2 romp over London. Hornbostel and VanderHayden completed the Thunder scoring.
In a 4-4 draw with Forest, Locker, Hornbostel, Makayla Walker and Emilie Brown buried rings.
It could have been the fourth gold medal for this group of Thunder players, from previous years at different age divisions.
At the U16G final in Tillsonburg, Dorchester brought home the silver medal, after falling to Elora-Fergus, 5-1, in the final.
Regan Aarts had the lone Dorchester goal, from Ainsley Roberts and Elizabeth Sandison.
Dorchester went 2-1 in the round robin.
Kaitlyn Hall and Alysha Ledgley both scored twice and Jordan Gee collected four assists, as Dorchester dropped Tillsonburg, 7-2. Savannah Brown, Jordyn Patterson, also scored. (and ??)
Dorchester improved to 2-0, edging Waterloo, 3-2, with Aarts and Hall scoring.
Elora-Fergus defeated Dorchester, 3-1. Chloe Ricketts had the Dragons' goal.
Dorchester won the bronze medal in the U9B division, edging St. Marys, 6-5.
Autumn Vandermeer had two goals, while Tessa Boyce, Brooklyn Ramsay, Vivianna Aldridge and Natalia Gugliotta had singles.
In round robin action, Sadie Somers scored twice including the game winner and Paige Mason had one in a 3-2 edging of St. Marys.
Somers had two more goals and Libby Johnston had one, but Guelph won 4-3. Tessa Boyce picked up two assists.
Myelle Reaume had a goal and two assists, as Dorchester dumped St. Thomas, 8-1. Vandermeer, Boyce, Somers, Mason, Vivianna Aldridge, Chloe Atkinson, Taya Aldridge, Megan Campbell and Libby Johnston, all found the back of the net.
Ashley Power replied for the Thunder.
St. Thomas was held scoreless in two games, shutout 3-0 by London and 7-0 by Waterloo.
The Thunder lost the fifth place game, 4-0, to London.
"They worked hard, did their best and that's all I asked for," Thunder coach Sarah Smith said. "This is our very first year. They were all new skaters at the start of the year. We've come up against some teams that have played two or three years. It was a good challenge for them. They worked together, learned the game, played as a team and just go out there and have fun. They were passing well and seemed to know what they were doing."
Guelph went on to win the gold medal, dumping Waterloo, 9-3.
Dorchester went 0-3 in the U10G division.
Greer Boughner had the lone goal in Dorchester's 6-1 loss, to Guelph. Rylee Beldman, Tara Crinklaw, Katelyn Sauve and Boughner scored, while Faith Quarrie drew two assists, in a 5-4 loss to Forest. Beldman and had both Dragons' goals in a 4-2 loss to Elora-Fergus.