Saturday evening in Waterloo, the Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League solidified their grip on second place in the Southern Ontario Division of the league’s Eastern Conference with a convincing 15-1 pasting of the Whitby Wild.
The Whitby team, new to the league this season, is suffering from growing pains, but their plight was magnified when three of their players turned back home after meeting snowy conditions on the 401. The Wildfire were also somewhat short staffedl, with co-captain and team scoring leader, Lindsey Vivian, writing an exam at Laurier and defence player, Cathy Van Oosterhout, recovering from a concussion suffered during the trip to Montreal two weeks ago.
Rookie Bryanna Kelly, lead the Wildfire goal parade with five, while Tara Gross and Jodie Hannen both had hat tricks. Shelly Kraemer with a pair, and Katie Dawson and Amanda Somerville with singles rounded out the Waterloo scoring. Somerville also added seven assists and was named the game’s first star. Amanda Voisin had a relatively quiet time in the Wildfire net, stopping 21 of 22 shots, just six in the first period.
The Wildfire return to action this coming weekend with a neutral site game in St Mary’s Saturday evening at 7pm vs the Cambridge Turbos and Sunday at 11:30 am in Richmond Hill against the Lightning.
Next Waterloo home game is Saturday December 20 at 7:30 pm at Moses Springer Arena against Whitby.