Submitted by Liz Symes
The U16 Tornadoes ringette team started their provincials strong with a 6-1 win over Paris Thunder. The team had strong goaltending from Christelle Berthier and an
explosive offense with Juliette Bourdages-Côté scoring 3 times and Cloe
Bélanger-Gallant, Emerly Come and Jana Courchesne getting one each. It was
a great game considering it was the girls first game since their last
tournament in early February.
The girls took a quick 2-0 lead in their second game against St Marys
Snipers with Bourdages-Côté and Courchesne finding the back of the net.
St-Mary’s picked it up and scored 3 consecutives goals. The Tornadoes kept
pressuring and had many opportunities but only Anika Alarie manage to score
to tie the game. Thanks to a strong defensive game, the game ended in a 3-3
In their third game, Timmins faced the Nepean Ravens, the team that
eliminated the Tornadoes from the Nepean tournament in November. The
Tornadoes wanted revenge and came out scoring first with Alarie putting a
one-timer in the back of the net. The Ravens came back to tie the game, but
Courchesne scored to give the Tornadoes a 2-1 lead. With a strong defensive
game by Kailtyn Bangs, Talia Rivard, Alisa Duggan and Janelle Lapierre, the
Tornadoes captured another win.
The fourth game against GCRA was a tough one for the Tornadoes. Jo-Anne
Vane kept the team in the game during a rough first period and Bourdages-
Côté, Alarie each scored one. In the second period, Brooke-Lynne McGinn
received an amazing pass from Alexyane Plouffe and found the back of the
net to give the Tornadoes a 3-3 tie.
With a spot clenched in the semi finals Sunday morning, Timmins faced the
only 4-0 team in their division, the West Ottawa Wilds. Even with 2 fast
goals from Bourdages-Côté and Alarie, the Wild game back and won the game
Timmins played Forest in the semi finals. The Tornadoes had many chances
but could not get passed Forest’s goaltender. The team lost 3-0 and moved
on to play for the bronze medal against their rivalry, the West Ottawa
Wilds. With the first period going back and forth, the Wilds scored the only
goal in the period to take a 1-0 lead but the Tornadoes gave it their all in the
second and answered back with 3 consecutive goals by Alarie, Courchesne
and McGinn. With amazing goalkeeping by Vane and the entire team playing
together, the Tornadoes captured the bronze medal to finish 3 rd in the
province. The coaching staff is extremely proud of how this team came
together and played an amazing tournament.