The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League travelled to Montreal this past weekend, not to participate in the Grey Cup festivities but to play each of their four opponents in the four-team Montreal area division of the NRL’s eastern conference. They returned with six of a possible eight points.
Saturday afternoon the Wildfire began with a 12-4 pounding of Lac St Louis but bowed 12-6 in the evening to the Montreal Mission, ranked second in the nation.
Sunday morning the Waterloo women won a nail-biting 3-2 shootout victory over the Rive Sud Revolution after the Quebec squad had tied the game with just 79 seconds remaining. In the shootout Wildfire goalie, Lisa Malanka, stopped both Revolution attempts while Tara Gross and Amanda Somerville both found the back of the net to seal the victory.
Sunday afternoon the weary Waterloo team held off the BLL Nordiques 7-6 to cap off a very successful weekend.
Tara Gross paced the weekend offensive with 11 points including 5 goals (not counting the shootout goal, which doesn’t count in the stats). Co-captain, Lindsey Vivian contributed 9 points (2 goals) while co-captain, Shelly Kraemer (4 goals), rookie Bryanna Kelly (4 goals) and veteran, Katie Dawson (3 goals) each contributed 7 points. The Wildfire goalie tandem of Lisa Malanka and Amanda Voisin were led by Malanka with just 6 goals allowed in 2 games, both backing up the swift-moving defence pairings of Cathy Van Oosterhout/Leah Henderson and the "Calgary connection" Brittany Wiebe/Ainslay Kerr (both students at the University of Western Ontario). All 13 Wildfire skaters contributed scoring points to complement a very satisfying weekend.
The Wildfire return to action this Saturday evening when they meet their Waterloo region counterparts, the Cambridge Turbos (both teams currently tied with 12 points for first in the Southern Ontario Division), in a neutral site game at the Mitchell Arena at 7 pm. Waterloo returns to their home confines the following Saturday, Dec 6 vs the Whitby Wild at Moses Springer Arena at 7:30 pm.
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