Happy holiday season everyone! We sure can’t believe how fast the first half of the ringette season has come and gone. The Ottawa Ice members have been busy – and after a week or so of time off for Christmas, the month of January won’t be any different! Whether you’ve been following closely or not – here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to since September.
The Ferals opened the 2014-2015 campaign by receiving the Atlantic Attack for a pair of homes games. It didn’t take rookie Sarah-Lynne Begin long to show her talent, as she picked up 8 points in her first two NRL games. Her former Nepean teammate Brittany MacDonald also got hat tricks in both games. It was a very high-pace weekend, as the Ice played another two games versus the Rive Sud Revolution & le Royal de Bourassa the following day. Defense Carrie Lugg had a goal and an assist, and forward Jayme Simzer scored a combined 6 goals for the team in these two matchups. It was a strong start for the defending NRL champions, as they finished the weekend with 8 important points in the bank.
The next few games were against region rivals Gloucester Devils and Gatineau Fusion. Some solid goaltending by Gillian Holder, as well as a couple of goals from Chloé Laframboise gave the Ice a 9-5 victory over the Fusion. An explosive offensive game against the Devils saw Ottawa run away with a win – and centre Kyrie Love had a hat trick in the game. Jenna Love as well as Sarah Gross each added had two points as well.
As mentioned in a previous article, the November 2nd Breast Cancer Awareness game was a huge success once again this year. Just recently, a few team members had the chance to go and see the new Breast Health Centre for themselves – needless to say; they are even more overjoyed now with the funds they were able to donate to this amazing establishment!
A day trip to Montréal on November 16th saw the Ice pick up four more points. In the morning visit against the Rive-Sud Revolution, Jennifer Hartley made her comeback from injury and had a goal and three assists in the game. The second matchup versus Bourassa ended with the score of 9-4 in favour of the Ice, and rookie defenseman Paige Johnston picked up three points.
The following weekend, the Ottawa region hosted all three Southern Ontario NRL teams. The Ice lost their first of three games by a score of 4-3 against the Cambridge Turbos. Goalie Tori Goble turned back 32 of the shots she faced in the game. Defense Elsa Fougere had a goal and two assists later that night, but the Saturday evening matchup versus the Waterloo Wildfire still ended in heartbreaking fashion. Finally, the last game of the weekend saw the Ice face the Richmond Hill Lightning. In a tight back-and-forth effort, and thanks in part to great goaltending by Sarah Brown, the Ferals finished the weekend on a high note with a 9-8 victory over the Lightning. Jenna McBride also picked up 5 points.
Their most recent tilts saw the Ferals finish the first half of the season successfully, with two more wins added to the tally. Émilie Laviolette picked up two assists, and team points leader Katie Lugg had a pair of goals and assists against the Gatineau Fusion on November 30th.
In addition, this season has been extra special for the Ottawa Ice since they are getting the opportunity to be more involved with local teams from different levels and associations. From clinics, to running practices, to having teams shadow them at home games – the Ice athletes are truly grateful for the support from ringette fans of all ages and backgrounds. We’re having a blast, and it is truly amazing to be able to promote our league, our team, and this great sport more!
The Ice’s first matchups in the New Year will come fairly quickly, as they head down to Southern Ontario for three games between January 2nd-4th. The following weekend will have them in the Montréal region, and finally it will be time for the team to give Western Canada a little visit, with a short but intense four-game stay in Calgary. Every point matters in the dash to qualify for a week in Wood Buffalo, Alberta – where the Canadian Ringette Championships will be held from March 20th to April 4th, 2015.
It is evident when you look back on games, and reflect on the big & small victories, that the Ottawa Ice are a tight group of athletes and supporters that function best as a unit. Everyone’s input plays an important part in the Ice’s success! As always, game scores, general information, and other team news can be found via our Twitter and Facebook pages @OttawaIceNRL. Thank you to our generous and continuous supporters – we appreciate each and everyone one of you! All the best during this holiday season & a happy New Year to all!