Sault U16A Ice Hawks win Ringette Team Ontario title. Mammoth road trip to Montreal is next.

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`Team Ontaro is on the road on April 12th to the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships – April 13 – 16th in Montreal.

The Sault Ste. Marie based U16A Ice Hawks are a Ringette team that operates under the direction of the Sault Ringette Club. As a Tournament team, the Ice Hawks play at a Provincial level.

The U16A Sault Ice Hawks have been competing together since 2009.

The Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships (ECRC) is a National level event organized by Ringette Canada and will be held in Pierrefonds, Quebec located on Montreal Island.

“This is the first time in our clubs 35 year history that one of our teams has attended a National event.” shared Debbie Desgagne, one of the Ice Hawks coaches.

“We attended the Ontario Ringette Provincial Championships March 16th-19th.  Our team played eight games in four days including the semi finals and championship game which was a grueling schedule when you play against the top six teams in the province.”

“At Provincials our record was 3-2-1 seeding us second in round robin play.  The competition was very tight creating unpredictable havoc with numerous games ending in ties or narrow upsets.  We advanced to semi finals and defeated Gloucester 3-1 in a hard fought game.  Four hours later we faced the first place squad from Timmins.” she stated.

“The championship game was a high intensity dual between two Northeast region teams. The game was fast and physical with the players on both teams pressing hard to get an advantage. The Ice Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first period and held on to win the championship game 3-0”

courtesy of Sault Ice Hawks

“The path to the ECRC’s is very difficult and we are proud to be given the privilege of representing our province. The last provincial win for Sault Ste. Marie was in 1995.” shared Desgagne.

At the Eastern Canadian Regional Championships, the Ice Hawks will be bringing their ‘A’ game. “There will be our team – the provincial winner from Quebec, along with a host team from Quebec, as well as the provincial winners from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Round Robin play starts early on the 13th with 6 teams, playing each other once.”

“The event is loaded with other activities during the championships – including a skills competition and a banquet with awards ceremony on Saturday night.” said Desgagne.

“A.J.’s provided us with a bus – And we’ll be leaving bright and early – 6:00  am  – on Thursday morning.” The Ice Hawks will be undertaking an 11 hour bus trip.

There are 14 girls on the team – 4 coaches – a trainer – and a team manager.

The U16 Team Ontario bench will be represented by players: Avy Bowman, Kayla Simms, Zoey Campbell, Kaitlyn Stocks, Allison Caldwell-Pratt, Jenna Vecchio, Mackenzie Wood-Salomon, Victoria Young, Shelbey Walker, Darienne See, Alyssa Desgagne, Isabelle Baril, Megan Rogozynski and Shelby Campbell.  Coaching staff:  Bruce Graham, Debbie Desgagne, Carl Desgagne, Marc Baril, Sarah Jones, and Manager: Corrina Simms.

“The community has really come through with support for us – We are on the final push to achieving our fundraising goal. I want to thank the community for their support – We really are proud to be representing the Sault as Team Ontario next week.”

Now – let’s help them get there Sault Ste. Marie – in time for Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

GoFundMe link is  HERE:

“We have a Facebook account and our games at the ECRC will be streamed live to the Facebook page.” said Desgange.

Check it out  facebook.com

All donations will be used for tournament fees, transportation from Sault Ste Marie to Montreal, accommodations and meals for the players.

Previous story on Ice Hawks Provincial Win is HERE

Go Ice Hawks – Go!

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Lynne Brown
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