After completing their round robin games with an undefeated record, the Brock Badgers ringette team finished second place at the Kitchener Ringette Tournament last weekend. The silver medal is the second for the team this season, also earning silver at the University Challenge Cup over the holiday break.
Following a first place finish out of the five participating teams (Brock, Laurier, Western, Nipissing and Guelph), the Badgers earned a spot in the final where they would face the Gryphons for the second time in as many games. After beating Guelph 4-2 just the day before, it’s safe to assume that the Badgers were feeling confident and looking to keep their momentum going into the final. The teams were tied at one goal a piece after the first, but things started to slip away for the Badgers after that. Guelph capitalized on a chance around the midway point of the second half, before finding the back of the net one more time before the final buzzer. In the end, Guelph came away with a 3-1 victory and the gold medal.
While the result is not what the Badgers were hoping for, there are many positives that can be taken from the tournament. Three Badgers were among the top four scorers in the tournament. Jordyn Cousins and Raegan Hayter both finished tied for first with eight points each, while Brienne Paterson finished fourth with six points. However, Paterson finished first in the tournament with five goals scored. In net, Alyssa Godin proved to be the goalie of the tournament, leading all major categories including goals against average, save percentage and games played. In addition to her stats in net, Godin was also the only goaltender to record a point during the tournament with an assist.
The team is back in action on February 11, for an exhibition game at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls at 2:00 p.m. as they begin to prepare for Provincial Championships coming up in March.