BY ZACHARY CORMIER
The Central Alberta Sting AA Ringette teams all kicked off their season last weekend. Here’s a rundown of how each of the teams fared.
The U14AA Sting Head Coach Chris Kelly is excited about what the future holds for his team after a hard-fought 4-3 loss to an Edmonton Rep team this past weekend. “We ended up losing but the girls played very well. It was our first game of the season and that Edmonton Rep team had already been to a tournament, so they’d had a little bit of experience already. But we stuck with them and spotted them a two-goal early lead and came back on them, so I was very happy with the girls,” said Kelly of his team’s play.
He added that he was impressed with how the team persevered despite being down early in the game.
“They were up 2-0 and the girls had two choices they could either quit or they could try to come back and they battled hard.”
The U14AA Sting are back in action this Sunday on the road against Zone 5.
The Central Alberta Sting U16AA opened regular season play at home with an 8-4 win over the Edmonton Elite. Goal scorers for the Sting were Carly Cherniak and Megan Grubb each with two and singles from Ashlin Caine, Alexa Knight, Madison Pluister and Colby Wagar. McKenna Smalley was solid in net for the Sting.
Next action for the U16AA Sting will be an away game next Saturday vs. Sherwood Park.
The Central Alberta U19AA Sting were victorious in their two games this weekend. The U19AA squad travelled to Leduc Saturday and edged out the University of Alberta team 9-8. Goal scorers for Sting were Shae-Lyn Baxter, Mckenna Causey and Sydney Cherniak with two goals a piece. Single markers came from Brianna Abell, Melissa Misutka and Hailee Pluister.
In the second game of the weekend, Sting came out on top 11-7 over the Sting Open team.
Emily LeMasurier notched a hat trick and Baxter, MacKenzie Lindholm and Makenna Tonery added two each. Brianna Abell and Brenna Parent rounded out the scoring with one a piece.
Goal tending duties were split on the weekend by Rebecca Forrester and Baylee Schulhauser.
U19AA Head Coach Traci Pluister said the defending Provincial Champions will once again be shooting for a National Championship this season. “Our goals have kind of remained the same. Our goal is to win provincials again and ultimately our goal is to bring home the national gold medal this year,” she said.
Last season, the U19AA Sting came away from the national tournament with a bronze medal.
The U19AAs will have a double header next Sunday at home starting with Calgary U19AA at 11:30 a.m. at the Penhold Arena and then against the Zone 5 Open A team at 3:45 p.m. at the Kin B Arena in Red Deer.