A trio of Vernon teams recorded stellar results at the largest ringette tournament in the world – the 29th annual Esso Golden Ring Tournament last weekend in Calgary.
Both the Junior A Adrenaline Rush and the Tween A Rush struck silver, while the Voltage went further than any other Vernon Petite team has gone at the tourney, which featured nearly 200 teams.
Kendra Ostafie and Saige Woodliffe each racked up three goals as the Adrenaline Rush bowed 10-8 to the Sherwood Park Pulse of Alberta in Sunday’s championship game.
Shelby Connors (1+3) and Alyssa Racine (1+2) were also strong offensively.
The Adrenaline Rush, coached by Warren Carter, travelled with just nine skaters and were supported admirably by call-up goalie Aleisha Smith.
Vernon opened pool play by shading the Red Deer Revolution 7-6, points coming from Racine (2G), Emily Williams (1+2), Ostafie (1+2), Emma Carter, Alex Drury and Shelby Connors.
Evan Koshure had two assists and Saige Woodliffe earned one.
The Adrenaline girls got singles from Koshure (3A), Connors (2A), Ostafie, Woodliffe and Drury in a 5-5 draw with Calgary Bow View, and then rallied to outgun Calgary North Core 11-10.
Ostafie fired 4+3 against the Core, with further offence coming from Connors (3G), Racine (2+2), Carter (1+3) and Woodliffe (1+3).
The Adrenaline Rush then settled for an 8-8 tie with the Leduc Jaguars, goals supplied by Ostafie (3+2), Racine (2+1), Connors (2G) and Carter.
Having secured first in their pool, the Rush brushed back North Calgary Ascent 9-7. Ostafie and Williamson combined for 10 points, Connors fired a deuce and Koshure added 1+3.
Vernon’s defensive corps of Ava Haldane, Williams and Koshure battled hard in front of Smith.
The Tween A Rush went 2-1 in preliminary play before going on a run to the final, where they bowed 6-1 to the Spruce Grove Rage.
Abygayle Williamson, from Alyssa Carter, handled the Rush attack.
Vernon started the tourney by bouncing South Calgary Forza 4-1, led by Williamson’s three goals. Courtney Bacon added a goal and an assist, and Bryn Taylor-Hawes added two helpers in support of netminder Caenan Wisse.
Williamson netted 4+1 and Bacon had 2+1 as the Rush stuffed the North Calgary Velocity 7-3. Taylor-Hawes recorded the other goal. Madison Fox, Kalen Webster, Carter and Hailey Quiring each had an assist.
In Saturday action, Vernon fell 7-1 to Calgary Bow Valley Wildfire, with Bacon collecting the goal.
Reaching the playoffs on a wildcard draw, the Rush earned redemption with a 3-1 win over the Wildfire, with Williamson recording the hat trick.
Julie Francis and Georgia Lannon checked hard in the rematch, and Ashley Saunders moved the ring well to create scoring chances.
In the Sunday semis, Williamson earned her second hatty as the Rush grounded the Velocity 5-2. Bacon and Quiring capped the offence, while Amy Demetrick and Emma Lochhead each had helpers.
The Vernon Voltage, with the help of some Novice call-ups, swept the Petite B round-robin, outscoring their opponents 17-6. In the playoffs, the Bolts ran into a hot goalie, falling 4-3 to Sherwood Park.
In other Petite action Sunday at Priest Valley Arena, a combined Vernon squad brushed back the Westside Pistols 7-4.
Brynn Korol scored twice, assists coming from Ashley Wadsworth and Chloe Scabar. Alassa Johnson counted a single, assisted by Brooklyn Lewis, and Hannah McMorran supplied a hat trick.
Shaila Austin, Jasmine Horton, Johnson, and Astrid Beaty were aggressive defensively in front of Katrina Winstanley.
The Vernon Belle Raid got outstanding goalkeeping from Emily Olds to earn two weekend victories.
Playing with a short bench Saturday, the Raid used a hat trick from Dayce Knopf in a 6-2 win over Salmon Arm.
The Raid were up 4-0 at the break, but Salmon Arm responded with two second-period goals to make it interesting. The Raid got singles from Jennifer Dahl, Shelby Fischer and Katelyn Paulin to secure the win. Singles came.
On Sunday, Olds picked up the shutout as Vernon iced the Kelowna U19B’s 5-0.
Knopf and Bailey Williamson, each with two goals, and Brenna Beck, with a single, accounted for the Raid offence. Taylor Gray, Kennedy Pope, Jocelyn Jones and Paulin were strong defensively.
The Vernon Ice Bunnies bowed 5-3 to the Kelowna Huskies Saturday at PV.
Singles by Lucia Manton and Rhys Leibel had Vernon leading 2-1 after the first period. The Huskies fired four goals after the break, with Leibel rounding out the Ice Bunny attack.