After losing a close 3-0 decision in their home opener last weekend, the Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League flew off to Moncton, NB on Friday evening in hopes of better times.
A two-game weekend matchup with the Atlantic Attack resulted in two big Wildfire victories to lift them into a tie for second place in the 11-team Eastern Conference.
Saturday afternoon Waterloo got off to a quick 3-0 start in the first 10 minutes and led 3-1 at the end of the first. The Attack outscored the Wildfire 2-1 in the second as the two teams went into the half time intermission with Waterloo holding a slim 4-3 lead. The Wildfire counted the only goal of the third period and the 4th and final period went scoreless until Atlantic scored with just 28 seconds remaining to cut the Wildfire lead to 5-4. However, rookie Jennie Wilson sealed the victory for Waterloo scoring into an empty net with two seconds on the clock for her first NRL goal.
Bryanna Kelly and Shelagh Rouse scored two goals each for Waterloo with veteran Lindsey Vivian counting the other Wildfire goal. Rookie forward Josie Scott added 4 assists as the Wildfire hammered 54 shots at Atlantic net minder Karine Doiron.
Late Sunday morning the Wildfire headed into the final game of the weekend looking for the sweep. They were not to be disappointed, scoring a tidy 6-0 shutout to fly home Sunday evening with four big points. Sophmore goalie Hailey Moore collected her first NRL shutout blocking 39 Attack shots.
Vivian led the locals’ scoring with two goals with singles from Scott, Rouse, Kelly, Tara Gross and Jodie Hannen. Scott and Kelly added two assists each as the Wildfire recorded another 41 shots in this one.
The Wildfire have next weekend off before resuming action against the Montreal Mission on Saturday Nov 2 at 12:15pm at the Durham College & UOIT Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa.