It’s a big leap from U19AA to the National Ringette League – but with the way these two girls have been playing you’d never be able to tell. Brittany MacDonald and Sarah Brown, who both played for Nepean last season, have been adjusting wonderfully to this level of ringette as well as their new roles on the Ottawa Ice team. In 9 games played, Brittany has proven to be a strong offensive asset as she’s contributed 11 points already. Sarah is also doing an awesome job in nets and making important saves for the Ice, including the two games played in New Brunswick last weekend against the Atlantic Attack.
What does it mean to you to play in the National Ringette League?
Sarah: Playing in this league has been one of my goals for years. It’s really crazy that I am getting to play with and against so many players that I have looked up to for so long. Many of my teammates have coached me at some point or were my camp counselors when I was younger.
Brittany: It has been an amazing experience so far to be able to play in the National Ringette League. I am so fortunate to be able to compete with the best players in Canada. To play in the National Ringette League allows me to continue to play at a high level, it is also great to be able to play with such talented players.
What is the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make in your play so far?
Brittany: In this league you do not have as much time to make decisions on ice as you do in U19. I have had to adapt to a faster speed of the game. The talent level in the NRL is incredible!
Sarah: As a goalie, there are tons of little technical things that I have been working on. Every team that we play against has amazing shooters that can score from anywhere on the ice, so you just have to make the little things perfect!
What would you say to a younger player who aspires to play at this level?
Sarah: I would tell a younger player to take advantage of every opportunity they get to develop and further their skills and to never give up. You have to want it enough to make sacrifices and put in the time and effort necessary to succeed.
Brittany: What I would say to a younger player aspiring to play in the National Ringette League would be that you can achieve anything, it just requires dedication and hard work.
What has been your favourite moment or event since the beginning of the season?
Brittany: My favorite moment was scoring my first goal as a Feral.
Sarah: My favourite part of the season so far would have to be the trip to New Brunswick for two games against the Atlantic Attack. It was a lot of fun to spend so much time with the team and get to know everyone better… the 4-point weekend didn’t hurt either!
Sarah and Brittany will briefly be swapping their Ottawa jerseys for Team Canada colours as they join their Nepean teammates at the World Ringette Championships in late December. They have earned to right to represent the country in the U19 division following their National victory last April.