The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League travelled to Gatineau QC this past weekend along with the three other teams in the Southern Ontario Division for games against each of the four teams in the Capital Division. The Waterloo squad won two and lost two to strengthen their hold on second place in their division.
Saturday the Wildfire began the weekend with a 6-3 victory over the Gloucester Devils, getting two-goal performances from both Lindsey Vivian and Bryanna Kelly and singles from Julie Mahy and Tara Gross, who opened the scoring after just 33 seconds of play. Later Saturday the Waterloo women fell behind the Ottawa Ice by three goals in the first five minutes and then traded two goals for each team the rest of the way and bowed 5-2 to the Ice. Amanda Somerville and Vivian scored the Wildfire goals.
Sunday morning the Wildfire took on the weekend hosts, the Gatineau Fusion, and came away with a very tidy 4-2 victory as they controlled the game throughout. Waterloo got single goals from Vivian, Gross, Somerville and Britt Wiebe and a strong performance in goal from Amanda Voisin.
In the weekend finale Waterloo dominated the Cyclones de Quebec for most of the game outshooting their opponents 51 to 23 but were unable to solve the Cyclone goaltender Julie Fleury-Roy and fell 3-0. Wildfire goalie, Lisa Malanka, also had a strong game but twice was left all alone and both times Quebec City converted.
The Wildfire have one makeup game remaining with the Cambridge Turbos to complete their schedule before a lone best 2 of 3 playoff series in Waterloo the weekend of March 21, 22 which will determine if they go to the NRL championship in Charlottetown in April. Their opponent is not likely to be known until the weekend before when the NRL schedule ends.