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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Feb. 11)
Host teams capture two gold medals at 34th annual Gloucester Ringette Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association held its 34th annual tournament on the weekend with over 100 teams seeing action in 21 different divisions at nine different arenas throughout the city.

By the time the competition was whittled down to the final day, no fewer than 11 Gloucester-Cumberland teams had made it through to the finals. Unfortunately only two of them won gold, while the rest had to settle for silver.

The GCRA Junior B1 team downed a team from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 3-1 on goals by Erin Van Gulik, Alisa Leduc and Stephanie Larocque-Villiers to claim their gold medals. A fourth goal by Katie Doak was disallowed in the second period and Dartmouth had a goal disallowed in the first with the score tied 1-1.

Van Gulik led all scorers in the Junior B1 division with four goals in four games, while defenceman Anik Gougeon did a stellar job filling in between the pipes for the team’s regular goaltender Stephanie Rochette.

The only other GCRA team to claim a gold medal on the weekend was the Tween C squad which downed Pointe Claire 7-4.

Gloucester-Cumberland took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Erin Aucoin. Kara Flood then scored the first of four goals to put her team up 2-0 with the game not even three minutes old.

Pointe Claire finally got on the scoreboard at the 7:07 mark of the first period to narrow the deficit to 2-1 which is where the score remained until the final minute of the period when the two teams exchanged goals. Chelsea Laroche scored for Gloucester-Cumberland with 53 seconds left in the period and then Pointe Claire responded with just three ticks left on the clock.

Flood’s second goal of the game would give Gloucester-Cumberland a two goal lead early in the third, but Point Claire came right back once again to narrow the deficit to just a goal.

Flood and teammate Samantha Mongeon finally put the game out of reach when they scored just 16 seconds apart at the midway mark of the second.

Flood’s fourth goal of the game with 3:04 left in the game would give Gloucester-Cumberland a 7-3 advantage and then Pointe Clair replied just 10 seconds later to make the final 7-4. It was a solid effort by a Gloucester-Cumberland team which had tied Pointe Claire earlier in the tournament.

The GCRA’s Junior A entry almost picked up a third gold medal for the host organization, but they lost in overtime to Nepean. By and large, the Gloucester-Cumberland team were the masters of their own demise for
taking so many ill-timed penalties, the most costly of which ultimately led to the game winning goal.

The irony is that Gloucester-Cumberland won the gold medal at the Nepean tournament earlier this year. Both teams are ranked among the top five in the province and have already qualified for the Provincial A championships which will be hosted by the Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association in March.

Besides the Junior A team, the GCRA’s Junior AA, Junior B2, Tween B1, Petite B1, Petite B2, Petite Provincial Gold, Novice C1 and Novice Rec teams also won silver medals on the final day of the tournament.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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