The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League’s Southern Ontario Division took a strangle hold on second place in their division with a sweep of the Whitby Wild and Richmond Hill Lightning this past weekend.
Saturday night in Waterloo, a 7-point (four goals, three assists) performance by rookie centre, Bryanna Kelly, led the Wildfire to an 11- 2 romp over Whitby. Lindsey Vivian with three, Jodie Hannen with two and singles from Tara Gross and Leah Henderson rounded out Waterloo’s scoring.
Sunday in Richmond Hill, the Wildfire took a 4-1 first half lead and never looked back, skating off with a 7- 3 victory. Vivian counted her second hat trick in as many games and Shelly Kraemer counted two for the Wildfire with Kelly and Gross adding singles. Lisa Malanka stopped all but three of the 35 Lightning shots.
The Wildfire now have 12 wins 5 losses and one shootout loss for 25 points and lead the third place Lightning by 13 points. The second place finisher in each of the NRL’s Eastern Conference three divisions will host a best two of three series against the 7th 8th and 9th place teams overall in the 12-team conference in March. The three winners will join the 3 first place finishers and go to the NRL championship in early April in Charlottetown PEI.
This coming weekend, the Region is in for an elite ringette experience when the four Montreal Division teams come to Waterloo to do battle with the four Southern Ontario Division teams, a total of 16 games, all at RIM Park in Waterloo during the Waterloo Ringette Association’s 32nd annual Winterfest Tournament. The NRL action begins Saturday afternoon at 1pm with the Wildfire hosting the country’s number two ranked team, the Montreal Mission. Saturday evening a doubleheader will feature the top four teams in the Eastern Conference with the Mission against the number one ranked Cambridge Turbos at 7pm followed by Waterloo against the Rive Sud Revolution at 8:30 — the last time these two met the Wildfire won 3 -2 in a shootout. Admission to the games is $5 for adults and $2 for under 16. Young Ringette players wearing their team jerseys will be admitted free. A weekend pass to all 16 NRL games is just $10.