Congrats to our Kitchener Lady Ranger Novice B team! We played in the Orangeville Sweetheart Tournament over the weekend of January 26th to 28th, 2018. We hoped this tournament would allow us to come up against some really tough teams to help prepare us for the playoff season. It turned out to be a very competitive tournament, including some the top teams in the province at the Novice B level, and it also involved a really long and somewhat difficult schedule of early morning and late afternoon games. However, our team took the opportunity to showcase what we have been focusing on in practices with their greatly improved skills and teamwork.
The Brampton Canadettes have former Olympic Gold Medalist Cheryl Pounder on their bench, and this team plays some very fast and physical hockey! Our Kitchener Lady Rangers stepped up to the challenge and tied them 2–2. The other top team we played was the Orangeville Tigers who came out of the regular season with a total of 40 points. They could not solve our goalie, and we beat them 1–0! Finally, the Etobicoke Dolphins have been steadily improving throughout their season. Our one loss in this tournament was to the Dolphins, 3–2, and they were a good match-up for our girls, but in the end we won the gold medal game 3–2 in overtime. I would suggest that the future is looking very bright for the Kitchener Lady Rangers, as we also came out on top in every event in the Skills Competition. (I would say this was the case even for the cheering section!) Way to go, Kitchener Lady Rangers Novice B! Let’s keep this hard work and competitive play going into playoffs and playdowns. I am very proud of all of you.
Submitted by Chris Mitchell, Kitchener Lady Rangers Novice B Head Coach