The Waterloo Wildfire went into weekend home and home games in first place but came up short twice to the reigning Canadian champion Cambridge Turbos and slipped into second place in the National Ringette League’s Southern Ontario Division.
Saturday evening at Waterloo’s RIM Optimist Arena, Cambridge scored 3 unanswered goals in the last 10 minutes of the second half to skate off with a 7-4 victory. Veteran Jackie Gaudet scored the Turbos’ last 2 goals while sophomore Bryanna Kelly led the Wildfire with 2 goals and an assist.
Sunday in Cambridge the two teams were tied 1-1 at the half and 3-3 with six minutes to play but again two late goals by Cambridge sealed a 5-3 victory. Gaudet again scored twice for Cambridge while Jodie Hannen counted two of Waterloo’s markers with Kelly adding a goal and 2 assists for a 6-point weekend. and a share of the scoring race lead nationally.
Cambridge now leads the Wildfire by 2 points (8 to 6).
Waterloo returns to action this coming Saturday with a neutral site match in Seaforth at 7pm against the Whitby Wild. The following weekend both the Wildfire and Turbos travel to Montreal for 4 games each against the teams in the 4-team Montreal Division of the league’s Eastern Conference.
Get complete scores, stats and standings at www.nationalringetteleague.ca