The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League returned late Sunday night from a gruelling 4 games in 26 hours Saturday and Sunday in Montreal. Waterloo won one and lost three of their matches although two of the losse were by only one goal, and one of those was in the final second of the game.
Saturday afternoon they were edged 6-5 by BLL Nordiques. Jodie Hannen had 4 goals for the Wildfire and Katie Dawson added the other.
Saturday evening the Wildfire played their best game of the weekend against the Montreal Mission and kept it close for most of the way, but several late goals gave Montreal a 9-3 victory, a game in which the final score was not indicative of the play. Bryanna Kelly with two and another goal from Dawson accounted for the Wildfire scoring.
Sunday morning the Wildfire were not sharp but managed to escape with a 6-5 victory over Lac St-Louis, who have yet to win this season. Amanda Somerville with 2 goals paced the Wildfire in this one with singles going to Kelly, Tara Gross, Julie Mahy and Hannen — on a rare penalty shot.
The final game, Sunday afternoon, proved to be the biggest heartbreaker of the weekend. The Wildfire led 2-0 at the half against the Rive Sud Revolution and increased the lead to 3 when Somerville scored her second of the game early in the second half. However, Rive Sud started their comeback with just over 12 minutes remaining and potted the winner with just one second remaing on the clock, resulting in a frustrating 4-3 loss for the Waterloo squad. Tara Gross had the first goal for the Wildfire.
The Wildfire received strong goaltending from both Amanda Voisin and Lisa Malanka as they split the 4 games, each playing two. A strong Waterloo fan contingent was also present to cheer on their team.
Waterloo returns to home action this coming Sunday at 12noon at Albert McCormick Arena in Waterloo against the Richmond Hill Lightning.