The Waterloo Wildfire are a travel weary group. After a 700 km, 4-game trip to Montreal last weekend, the Waterloo squad headed out on a 900 km 2-game trip to Quebec City on Saturday. Despite also playing without 4 regulars, the Wildfire split their 2 games with the Quebec Cyclones.
Wildfire 5, Quebec City 4
The Wildfire jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first half of the 1:30 pm game only to see the Cyclones come back to tie the contest 4-4 with 31/2 minutes remaining. However, Waterloo was not to be denied as Brianna Thompson knotched her second goal of the game with 1:09 remaining to give the Wildfire a 5-4 victory. Lindsey Vivian also had 2 goals for Waterloo while Chelsea Moore, called up from the Waterlpp Belle AAs had the other. Amanda Voisin stopped 28 of 32 Quebec City shots.
Quebec City 9, Wildfire 2
The wheels definitely came off the Wildfire vehicle in the evening contest as Quebec jumped out to a 4-1 first half lead and then added 5 more goals in the second half for a 9-2 victory, Shelagh Rouse scored both goals for Waterloo who were outshot by only a 37-34 margin.
The weekend action moved the Wildfire into 7th place in the 13-team Eastern Conference with 8 wins and 8 losses. They are just 2 points behind Quebec City for 6th place and have 2 games in hand on the Cyclones and also just 2 points behind the Atlantic Attack for 5th. Ironically, the Wildfire’s next game, after the holiday break is against the Attack on Saturday January 7, 7 pm at RIM Pillers. This will be the first ever visit by the Atlantic team (based in Moncton NB) and a special night for ringette in Waterloo – "Ringette Rocks/ Family Night". More details on this event will be provided in the week leading up to the game.