Vernon Newalta Tween Rush faced their stiffest competition of the season and came home wearing silver medals from the Golden Ring Ringette Tournament Sunday in Calgary.
Vernon ended their Alberta run with a 4-2 loss to the Red Deer Revenge in the gold-medal game.
Kendra Ostafie scored the first goal of the game, and was robbed twice by amazing saves from the Red Deer goalie late in the game. Caleb Pope added the other Vernon goal. Katelyn Paulin and Maddie Percy shared Game MVP honours.
The Rush started the tourney Friday morning with a 4-1 win over Alberta’s Bow View Impact. Game MVP Saige Woodliffe overcame her aversion to shooting and led the team with a hat trick. Pope collected the other goal with a nice backhand and Garrett Adams put up a wall in net.
Ostafie exploded for four goals as the Rush clipped Northwest Calgary Epic 4-3 in their second game.
Paige Powls (Game MVP) and Ostafie provided singles in a 5-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Havoc early Saturday morning.
The Rush rebounded with a 2-1 nail-biter win over the Sherwood Park Shatter in the quarterfinals.
After a scoreless first period, the Rush offence came alive, with Pope redirecting a shot off a defender’s skate and Game MVP Hannah Popilchak recording the winner with four minutes to play.
In the semis, Woodliffe pocketed two goals and three assists to lift the Vernon crew to a 4-1 win over No. 1 ranked Calgary Starka Sunday morning.
Ostafie opened the scoring early in the first period, and Powls added the fourth goal in the final minute. Adams earned Game MVP.
In Tween C action, the Nixon Wenger Invaders bowed 8-0 to West Kelowna Saturday. The Invader girls worked hard and were backstopped by a busy Madison Johnson.
Julie Francis, Emma Lochhead and Georgia Lannon all pulled hat tricks as the North Enderby Timber Flames topped Westside 10-9 in Novice play Saturday.
Ashly Shwaluk added the winner, Francis and Amy Demetrick each supplied three assists, and Lochhead, Lannon, Levi Knopf and Shwaluk each had one. Timara Jensen and Katie Finlayson played strong defence in front of netminder Kaila Summerfelt.
The Interior Savings Blue Lightning got hat tricks from Emma Elders, Danika Bellamy, Grace Cornell and Kenzie Koshure as they smothered Kelowna #1 Sunday at the Capital News Centre.
Hannah McMorran and Jaden Scott added deuces for the Lightning, with singles from Emma Roine and Liam Van Wyk, who shared netminding duties with Logan Thoma.
Mark’s Heavy Haul Voltage split their weekend games, starting with a 4-0 shutout of West Kelowna.
Amie McKinney recorded the shutout and was supported offensively by Darian Newman, Ashley Eso, Carly Alexander and Dayce Knopf. Assists were provided by Riley Martian, Jocelyn Jones and Morgan Vanderzwan.
Vernon fell 5-4 to the Kelowna Tween A team in Sunday exhibition play.
In Petite play, the shortbenched Vernon Lighting battled to a 6-4 win over Shuswap #1 Saturday in Salmon Arm.
The Lightning got outstanding goaltending from Aleisha Smith, and strong defensive play from Mason Christensen, who also chipped in with a goal. Delaney Tetrault and Stephanie Backer each chipped in with 2+1, and Wynter Vanderveen had a goal and an assist. Defender Kayla Spillett also bagged a helper, while Demi Williamson, Maria Allexis and Kaylee Jones played good two-way games.
Abygayle Williamson fired a pair of goals as the Advertising Works Thunder Cats fell 8-6 to the Kelowna Fuegos in other Petite action at the Royal Lepage Place in West Kelowna.
Alyssa Racine had a goal and three assists for Vernon, with singles from Mackenzie Munroe, Ellen Campbell and Evan Koshure.
Sydney Harder and Dayna Hanley each had two goals as the Vernon Sunshine Autographic Swag bowed 7-6 to host West Kelowna in Junior B action Sunday at the Jim Lind Arena.
Alanna Fox had a 1+3, Paige Webster had a goal and one assist and Desiree Turnbull had a single.