The Central Alberta Sting AA Ringette Club (CAAARC) is celebrating this week after all three of its teams brought home hardware from the Ringette Alberta Provincials in Calgary this past weekend.
After the dust settled on a busy weekend of ringette action at the Great Plains, East Twin and COP arenas, the U14 and U16 AA Sting made the trip home with silver medals gleaming around their necks while the U19 team came home wearing the bronze.
“That’s amazing. We’re a small association so to have our 19s our 16s and our 14s get medals in all three is a pretty amazing situation considering the amount of population that we draw from compared to the big centres, so that was tremendous for our association,” said Shawn Wagar, the head coach of the U16 AA team and CAAARC vice president.
Wagar’s team took home silver after falling 6-4 to Calgary Pace in the tournament final on Sunday.
“It feels good. We set a goal of medaling at provincials right at the start of the year,” Wagar said, adding the team will now go into the Ringette Canada National tournament in Leduc later this month as the second ranked team in Alberta.
“I have a great group of girls. They work tremendously hard. Equally their parents are awesome and a great coaching staff so it all worked out to be a very good year. I have a very good manager too and it all culminated in a very good weekend in Calgary.”
Meanwhile, the U19AA squad captured provincial bronze after defeating Edmonton Elite 5-4 on Sunday. The Sting were lead by Brenna Parent with 4 goals and a single from Sydney Cherniak. Rebecca Forrester was the winning goaltender.
The U14AA Sting ended the weekend with a silver medal after losing to Calgary White in the final 6-1. The lone scorer in the game was Ryann Tonery.
The U14AAs were 1-2 in the round robin, posting a win over the St. Albert Mission 6-4 and losses to Calgary White 2-1 and to Calgary Blue 4-3. Scoring for the Sting in the win over St. Albert were Shaelynn Law with a hat trick, Sydney Schnoor with two and Tonery with the single. In the loss to Calgary White it was Tonery as the lone scorer. Against Calgary Blue it was Law, Tonery and Charlie Young.
The Central Alberta U14AA squad finished fourth in their pool pitting them against first place Calgary Red from the other pool. Sting won the upset in the quarter final over Calgary Red 6-4 with Law scoring her second hat trick of the championships and singles from Schnoor, Tonery and Young. Madison Kohut was solid in net all weekend.
All three Sting teams will now go on to compete at Canadian Ringette National Championships in Leduc from March 26th to April 1st.