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Airdrie Sting edged out in U12B provincials

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:33 pm

Airdrie Sting goaltender Meaghan Raber turned aside a shot attempt from Jenna Goodwin of Sherwood Park NRG during the Alberta U12B provincial ringette finals at Genesis Place on March 16.
Airdrie Sting goaltender Meaghan Raber turned aside a shot attempt from Jenna Goodwin of Sherwood Park NRG during the Alberta U12B provincial ringette finals at Genesis Place on March 16.
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All year, the Airdrie Sting U12B ringette team had a flair for the dramatic and had they had just a few more seconds on March 16 at Genesis Place, the team might have pulled off its most incredible comeback of the season in the provincial championships.

But despite a last-second rush up the ice, the Sting would come up just short in the final game as the Sherwood Park NRG took a 4-3 victory.

“Even though we weren’t able to tie it up late, we are all very proud of how the girls did here this weekend,” Sting Head Coach Laurie Reeve said.

“We were unbeaten right until the very end, and even though we were unable to get that one goal that we needed, the girls played hard right until the end,” she added.

Trailing by a score of 2-1 following the first half, the two teams traded goals during the second half, with Sherwood Park’s Chloe Taitinger finding the back of the net with four minutes remaining in the game to give her team the lead.

For the rest of the game, the Sting peppered the net with shot after shot, but was unable to solve Sherwood Park goaltender Erica Bucyk.

“The girls just kept working until the final whistle went,” Reeve said.

“They could have given up when they were down, but they didn’t, and we are really proud of them as a result.”

“If we had five more minutes though, who knows what the final score could have been,” she added.

Katie Keller scored two goals for the Sting in the finals, with teammate Kennedy Rice also finding the back of the net. While the players were disappointed about not being able to win the provincial title on their home turf, the NRG team was overjoyed by its success.

“It was an intense finish, and a great way to finish off a tournament,” Sherwood Park Head Coach Ryan Wismer said. “There are a lot of happy kids on our team right now.”

“The Sting are an awesome team, and we knew it was going to be an exciting game in the finals,” he added.


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