The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League skated neck and neck with the Richmond Hill Lightning for two periods Saturday night at RIM Park in Waterloo, trailing 4-3 at the half. However, the third and fourth quarters were a different story as the visitors outscored the hometown squad 7 to 2 for a convincing 11 to 5 victory on Boston Pizza Night.
The Wildfire had not played in three weeks since returning from their east coast trip the last weekend of November. Meanwhile Richmond Hill played two tough games with the Cambridge Turbos each of the past two weekends and appeared stronger, especially in the second half.
Bryanna Kelly led the Wildfire with 2 goals and 2 assists and was named the Wildfire Boston Pizza MVP of the game. Lindsey Vivian (also with an assist), Chelsea Moore and Brooke Reid scored the other Waterloo goals. The Lightning outshot the Wildfire 45 to 16 on the night. Amanda Voisin (until a third period injury) and Hailey Moore shared goaltending duties.
In pregame announcements, following a moment’s silence for the victims in Newtown, CT, five members of the Wildfire were recognized for being named to three teams participating in the U-19 World Ringette Championships at the end of the month in London, ON. They are DAP defence player, Danielle Duncan; DAP goalie Karly McMullen, both playing on Team Canada East; forward, Kayla Kowalsky; goalie, Hailey Moore, both playing on Team Russia; DAP forward Chelsea Moore playing on Team France. All a testimony to the rebuilding year the Wildfire are experiencing with great promise for the future.
At the Christmas break the Wildfire sit one point out of the eighth and final playoff spot and are idle until Saturday January 5 when they will take on last year’s NRL champion BC Thunder at RIM Pillers at 7pm on Wildfire Family Night (still looking for a local sponsor). The Wildfire extend season’s greetings to all their fans.