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"G" is for the Big Gold at the Golden Ring Tournament!
Submitted By smclachlan on Sunday, February 12, 2012
My apologies to the people who were looking for an article full of suspense where you don't know how it turns out until the last line.

Our first game was at the Lions arena and we were up against the Kitchener Wildcats - White.  The dressing room was cozy and warmish, and 2 of the opposing coaches were dressed in full equipment.  I started to get worried that Heather and I might be heading to Play it Again Sports to get gear if that was the level that the bar was set at for bench staff at this tourney, but found out that they were playing in the game immediately after.  The girls had a great cheer surrounding Brooke and the game was on.
Now, I know that I will bring it up more than once in this article, but teamwork and the positive bench talk between the players are a couple of examples of what I love about this team.  They encourage each other, support each other and are a great group of young ladies.
The Wildcats were able to get on the board early, but it didn't take long for Laura to drive one in to turn on the goal light.  Natalie then put the ring across the goal line and we were up.  Mattie, Meghan, Courtney and Emma were moving the ring nicely and their passes were looking great.  Brooke B, Corrinn and Emily were strong on "D", and were using the boards to our advantage.  Kitchener snuck one in with a few seconds left and we were tied after the first. 
A pep talk during the break seemed to do the trick and Nat was able to put us in the lead again partway through the second.  Our Storm seem to like to keep the fans on the edge of their seats and the bench staff sharp and once again we found ourselves tied at the 4 minute mark of the second.  It wasn't until a minute left in the game that the passes connected and Natalie beat their goalie. 
Brooke R was outstanding in net as we are becoming so accustomed to, great work goalie!
Can't leave this game without mentioning an area that if nothing else, was consistant.  No names will be mentioned, but we ended up with 10 minutes of penalty minutes - all for tripping.
Now a little pool time, a little running around time, a little food and it was the parents job to try and get the team to sleep at the hotel and ready for the early morning game.

Don't know about all of you, but I was a little shocked and found it totally neat that we would be playing on the same ice as the Kitchener Rangers!  That also means a superbig changeroom! Our fans looked a little lonely at 8 in the morning amongst all of the seats in that arena, but we sure felt their support. 
An early start didn't hurt the enthusiasm of the team and they were keen for the game against Woolwich. We hit the scoreboard first on a goal by Corrinn assisted by Mattie.  The passes were sharp and everyone was having a great game, Corrinn decided to score again assisted by Natalie and we were up two.  Now up two can become down 1 fairly quickly and this did happen.  To fuel some energy into the team, Meghan and Mattie connected on the passes and we were tied. 
It continued that way until half way through the second and Corrinn earned herself a hat trick on some nice passes and communication from the team, assisted by Natalie.  Laura and Emily each picked up a point and added an insurance goal for us.  Brooke B was a force to be reckoned with in front of the net and didn't back down from any of the other players.  Emily showed her fantastic consistency in this game as well, always coming out with the ring.  Emma was digging hard and made some nice passes.  Courtney showed her fast feet and nice moves in front of the net.    Brooke was our "holy moly, what a goalie"!  She was amazing in net this game as well. 

One of the perks of an away tournament is the team building and a lunch at Jacks was in order, the players had their own table and a lot of fun.  We followed it up by a trip to a store featuring starfish/snakes/eels/geckos/turtles/fish and many other creepy, crawlie, make your skin feel funny creatures.  No purchases at that time, but lots and lots of looking.  The girls were asking if they could hold a snake, but the ones that hadn't been fed yet might bite and the ones that had been fed might regurgetate, so we passed.

We knew going into the game at 4 verses Kitchener Wildcats - Green that we had a place in the finals, but still wanted to do our best.  Passing was great and the spirit was positive.  Meghan collected two goals in the first and we were leading by one going into the second.  Nat and Emily worked together on another goal, with Mattie then driving one in.  Natalie collected another point before Kitchener started to try a comback.  Corrinn & Emily picked up a point each for a goal and assist, and Natalie and Corrinn put another on the board.  It ended up 7-4 for the Storm with great play from everyone and a little visit from Ashley which sparked the fire in our girls. 

It often goes that if you beat a team once, they come back stronger and harder, and the coaches prepared the team for that.  Brooke was keen and had been showing her great goaltending abilities all weekend.  Brooke B, Emily and Corrinn were well aware of how important their defensive skills would be and were pumped up.  Meghan, Laura and Mattie were not worried about knees, they had their eye on the gold medal that would come with a win.  Emma, Courtney and Natalie were having fun, talking cheers and ready for the task at hand.  It was again a dressing room filled with positive energy and a good vibe. 
I think that there should have been many more assists listed on the game sheet because the teamwork shown on the ice was fantastic.  The goals were listed as Emma, Laura, Natalie (4) and Meghan.  Courtney collected an assist on the sheet, and in my head, there are many more worth mentionings..... Brooke R was on fire keeping the ring out of the net and making great throws out to her team.  Brooke B did her job, keeping the Wildcats from getting shots off.  Mattie was picking up the ring and making nice passes up.  Emily was strong in front of our net and worked hard to dig for the ring and blast it out of our end.  Corrinn was her gritty go get em self, and skated all over the ice. 
With a few trips out on the ice for Heather, the game was intense, but despite all that may have been happening, the girls kept their focus.  We won the goald medal game by a score of 7-1.  An almost shut out for Brooke. 
Coach Kurt made a nice thank you speech and then handed out the medals to the players.  Thanks to the parents, grandparents, aunts, and other supporters who came out and made some noise. Our thanks also go to the coaches for all of the practices that lead up to days like today. 
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