Wildfire shorthanded, not short on heart

Monday, November, 12, 2012
Wildfire shorthanded, not short on heart
By Chronicle Staff

The shorthanded Waterloo Wildfire were not short on heart over the weekend in Quebec.

The eighth-place National Ringette League entry, with only nine players in tow, won a pair of games and lost two others by two goals combined during road games on Saturday and Sunday in Montreal.

With just eight players on the ice Saturday afternoon, Tara Gross, Lindsey Vivian and Bryanna Kelly led the way offensively with three-point efforts as the Wildfire were edged 5-4 late in the fourth period against Le Royal de Bourassa (2-5-1).

The night game saw Kelly rack up four goals and assist as the Wildfire, back up to nine skaters, blasted past the Rive Sud Revolution 8-6 as Vivian, Gross, Christine Macdonald and Kristin Bortolon also scored.

Gross and Vivian finished with five and four points respectively against Rive Sud (3-5-0).

On Sunday morning, the Wildfire made it two in a row with a 4-3 victory over the Lac St. Louis Adrenaline (1-6-0) as Bortolon scored twice. Vivian, Kelly, Gross and Katie Dawson also had two-point efforts.

In the afternoon game, Amanda Voisin stole the show with a 47-save effort as the Wildfire gave the first-place and undefeated Montreal Mission (9-0-0) a scare with two goals in the fourth during a 7-6 loss.

Kelly scored twice, Vivian, Gross, Dawson and Macdonald added singles, while Bortolon and Cathy VanOosterhout each assisted on a pair of goals.

Voisin finished the weekend with 165 saves on 186 shots. The last time the Wildfire travelled to Montreal with so few players — as an expansion franchise in December of 2004 — they lost all four games, including a 17-2 defeat against Montreal.

The Wildfire (3-7-0) return home to Kitchener on Saturday when they host the Cambridge Turbos (9-1-0) at Lions Arena at 2:30 p.m.