The weekend of January 6 – 8, 2017 is one that will always be happily remembered by our team. Our Lady Rangers played their hearts out in the Woodstock Wildcats Tournament. It was a weekend packed with lots of excitement, cheering and celebration.
The team’s four-game round robin started on Friday at 8 a.m. against The Tillsonburg Lightning. Little did the girls know that this would be the beginning of a fantastic winning streak. They had their game faces on and were fearless in beating Tillsonburg 5 – 1. Their game that evening against Burlington Teal Tigers was another amazing one. Their 6 – 1 victory instilled confidence and excitement about the rest of the weekend. The girls really meshed as a team and had each other’s backs on the ice. It was wonderful to see all our first-year girls fully engaging in the play and fighting for the puck.
Saturday’s game against the B.A.D Blazers was intense, but a great game to watch. Some girls provided strong defensive play, while others worked hard to control the play with the puck. The team came back from a two-goal deficit to finish ahead 5 – 3. Their fourth game, played against Niagara Falls Rapids, ended with an amazing 9 – 0 win. Our Lady Rangers were ecstatic to make it to the semifinals — for repeat tilt with the B.A.D Blazers at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Our Lady Rangers have a history of making it to the semifinals and then being beat out. This weekend, all the coaches, parents and players were of one mind, “This time we are going to break this curse and win this tournament.”
Five a.m. came very early and nothing could have prepared us for the drive we were about to endure. It was dark and visibility was frightening because you couldn’t see a foot in front of you in the blowing snow. By the time the team arrived at the arena and we all looked around at one another, words didn’t have to be spoken. We knew what each other was thinking and feeling because we all just experienced the same crazy stormy drive. Nerves were shot and our adrenaline was pumping! It would soon be game time so we knew we had to turn these nerves into positive energy for the girls. Just as the song goes, the girls were ready to “win, win, win,” no matter what! They played exceptionally well and successfully broke the semi-final curse! With their 5 – 2 win, it was official, the girls were in the final at 3:00 where they’d face the Woodstock Wildcats. Hearts were pumping and the crowd was going wild just waiting for the puck to drop. We scored 7:15 minutes into the game and added two more to lead 3 – 0 by the end of the first period! Kitchener fans were kept jumping with excitement as our girls kept up the attack right to the final buzzer and a phenomenal 7 – 0 score to win the championship gold! What a thrill it was to see all their faces beaming with pride as they waited to receive their gold medals.
Congratulations Lady Rangers Red for your great teamwork! You played your hearts out and you brought home the gold!
Submitted by Team Manager Jenn Carpenter