Vernon players pocketed goals as the 2017 Freson Bros. Canadian ringette championships got under way Monday in Leduc, Alta.
A total of 45 teams are competing for national titles in the U16 and U19 divisions, as well as the National Ringette League championship.
In the U16 division, six of the 21 teams came out of the first day of competition undefeated.
The B.C. TORL Force, with Aly Carter, Abby Williamson and Madison Fox of Vernon in their lineup, lost 8-5 to Ontario and 10-3 to Central Alberta Sting.
Carter scored twice against Ontario, while Williamson converted once versus Alberta. Former Vernon resident Courtenay Bacon, now out of Salmon Arm, also connected against Alberta. The Force took on Manitoba Magic and Sherwood Park, Alta. in Tuesday tilts and play the Edmonton Elite Wednesday and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) Thursday.
Alberta (Calgary PACE) shut out Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 6-0 and stormed Regina Stingers 10-4. Quebec grounded Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 3-1 and downed Manitoba 8-7 in overtime. Manitoba (BVRA Angels) posted a 4-3 overtime win over Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 4-3 and shut out Sherwood Park 7-0.
Ontario (Nepean) stuffed Edmonton Elite 7-2, while Central Alberta Sting iced Saskatchewan 6-5. Québec (Laurentides) downed New Brunswick 6-5 and B.C. (LMRL Thunder) 10-6. Québec’s Mégane Fortin (Blainville) led the opening day scoring in the U16 division with 12 points.
In the U19 division, six out of 16 teams were undefeated after the first day of play.
Team B.C. TORL Force fell 6-2 to Alberta (Calgary) and 9-2 to Richmond Hill of Ontario. Emma Carter of Vernon scored versus Alberta, while Alyssa Racine counted against Richmond Hill.
B.C. faced the Elite and Quebec in Tuesday play, while meeting New Brunswick Wednesday and Manitoba and Alberta Zone 5 GRIT Thursday. Saylor Martian and Evan Koshure of Vernon are with B.C., coached by Vernon’s Warren Carter.
Ontario (Guelph) brushed back PEI Wave 8-2 and edged Nova Scotia 6-5. Manitoba Magic downed Rive Sud (QC) 8-7 and posted a 9-8 win over St. Albert Mission (Alta.). Central Alberta Sting defeated Saskatchewan (Regina Bandits) 7-6 and pulled off a 6-5 overtime win against Rive Sud (Que.). Richmond Hill posted a 10-4 win over New Brunswick, while Manitoba (BVRA Angels) downed Edmonton Elite 7-2 and toppled Québec (Outaouais Extrême) 5-1. Alberta (Calgary) iced the Edmonton Elite 4-1.
Richmond Hill’s Katie De Snoo (Oshawa) led the scoring in the U19 division with 13 points.