Annual ringette tourney ends well for locals
In the midst of the 2013 Pierrefonds Ringette Tournament that spread over four days and saw 85 teams from five provinces compete, the Benjamine B Pierrefonds 1 squad bested Pierrefonds 2 in overtime in the tournament’s finals Sunday afternoon at Sportplexe 4-Glaces in Pierrefonds.
In a hotly contested game, Pierrefonds 1 overcame a 5-2 second-period deficit to grab a 6-5 victory with a goal by Sophie Larouche 44 seconds into the overtime period.
“Like every game we play against them, it was close. It was up and down all the time. It was great for us to come back from a 5-2 deficit and win the game in overtime,” said Pierrefonds 1 head coach Len Alexander.
Wanting to avenge their initial 5-3 loss in the tournament’s round-robin section, Pierrefonds 1 came out strong early in the first period. They hovered around goaltender Julie Fournier’s net until Kaitlin Coyle scored 35 seconds into the contest.
Pierrefonds 2 responded with two quick goals in 37 seconds, the latter netted by Alanna Lacasse on a breakaway. Pierrefonds 1 dominated territorially the rest of the period, obtaining a plethora of quality scoring chances – but they had their hands full with Fournier, who put on quite a performance to keep her team in the driver seat.
Helen Vitzentzatos finally tied the score at two with 4:05 remaining in the period with a high shot. However, Lacasse would give Pierrefonds the lead back with her second goal of the game with a bit more than two minutes remaining in the first period.
As much as Pierrefonds 1 had dominated the first period in terms of scoring chances, Pierrefonds 2 changed the game’s momentum in the early part of the second period.
Rachelle Nadeau was robbed by goalie Bryanna Aubry after a good hustle in the offensive zone. Megan Macnab then obtained a quality shot on Aubry before her cross-ice pass to Anna Schaap completely confused Aubry who couldn’t stop Schaap’s quick release.
Pierrefonds 2’s Carina Danis then scored thanks to a superb individual effort. Her shot hit the top shelf and left no chance to the goalie. With 9:46 remaining in the final period, things didn’t look rosy for Pierrefonds 1.
Unfazed however, they went right back to work on Fournier, who was having a great game to that point. Coyle scored her team’s third goal less than 45 seconds later after having completely subjugated Fournier.
Two minutes later, Fournier stopped Lindsay Mcrae’s shot but Vitzentzatos was there to pick up the rebound and make it a one-goal game. Coyle completed the hat trick with 3:20 remaining and sent the game to overtime with a 5-5 tie.
Early in the overtime period, Larouche was crossing the slot when she surprised Fournier with a quick release to win the game for Pierrefonds 1.
“We were awaiting a difficult game against Pierrefonds 1. Our goalie had a strong game but she hurt her ankles a little bit in the second period. The other team was very strong offensively. I’m still proud of obtaining the silver medal anyway. The girls are tired. They came a tiny bit short but they played well,” said Pierrefonds 2 head coach Blair Mcnab.