SUMMERSIDE – The P.E.I. Wave under-16 club took home the silver medal from the 2018 Atlantic ringette championships on Sunday afternoon.
The New Brunswick AA squad defeated the Wave 7-2 in the championship game at Credit Union Place.
“That New Brunswick AA team actually won nationals at U16 last year, and they are a good polished team,” said Wave head coach Francois Caron of Summerside. “I don’t take anything away from our kids – they worked really hard.
“It was a great game – it was 2-1 in the first half and they scored one with maybe half a second left in the first half to go up 3-1, and those are back-breakers. Our kids fought the whole game and I’m very proud of them.”
Overall, the Wave completed the three-day tournament 4-1 (won-lost).
Vickie Albert (3), Frances Winters (2), Natasha Poirier and Manon Vautour scored for New Brunswick AA.
Natalie Caron and Devon Costello replied for the Wave. Jessica Murphy, Cassie Gallant, Chloe LaBrech and Autumn Chandler contributed assists.
In the semifinals, Alexa Carpenter (1-2), Addie MacPhee (1-2), Carley Matheson (1-1), Murphy and Georgia Fraser scored for the Wave in a 5-1 win over the Harbour City Lakers. Chandler added an assist.
New Brunswick AA blanked the Halifax Hurricanes 7-0 in the other semifinal. The Lakers edged the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime to win the bronze medal.
In under-19 play, the Nova Scotia AA team doubled the P.E.I. Wave 4-2 in the bronze-medal game.
Emma Simpson, Meredith Tulloch, Georgia Saleski and Amanda Parnell scored for Nova Scotia.
Kate Bartlett and Maddie Stewart answered for P.E.I., with assists credited to Alex McMonagle and Abby James.
In the semifinals, New Brunswick AA defeated the Wave 5-2, and Nova Scotia Open edged Nova Scotia AA 2-1.
Nova Scotia Open downed New Brunswick AA 7-3 in the gold-medal game.
The P.E.I. Open team completed under-19 play 0-4.