Two Medals For Thunder In London

Chatham Thunder Ringette

U9 Chatham Thunder – Front- Goalie Addison Tope, Grace Norris. Second row- Kaia Rivard, Mallarie Badder, Brooke Howe, Kate Thompson. Third row- Keira Rivard, Faith Koning, Myah Walters, Jocelyn Hastings, Allison Newman, Maya Haines and Abby Padbury.
Back Row, Coach Blair Caron, Assistant Chris Koning. Missing are Assistants, Paul Norris, Kara Blackburn and trainer Amanda Tope – Contributed Photo

The U-9 Postma Heating and Cooling Chatham Thunder girls ringette team finished up their first tournament of the year this weekend bringing home the first place trophy from the London Lynx annual tournament.

The Thunder girls finished the tournament with a record of three wins and one loss defeating Pickering in the gold medal game 7-6.

In the preliminary round, Chatham opened the tournament with an 8-6 loss to Pickering, their eventual final foe. Faith Koning scoring 3 goals, with singles scored by Kaia Rivard, Myah Walters, and Kate Thompson. Assisting on the goals were Walters with two helpers, as well as Jocelyn Hastings with two. Allison Newman added an assist to the team as well. Addison Tope was Chatham’s goalie for the weekend.

Facing London in their second game, Chatham came away with a 9-5 win. Faith Koning filled the net with 5 goals, while Myah Walters and Kate Thompson both added 2 goals. Assists were plentiful with Kaia Rivard setting up 3 goals, and Brooke Howe, Keira Rivard, Jocelyn Hastings and Maya Haines all adding assists to the tally.

Chatham continued their winning ways with an 8-6 versus Dorchester in their last game before the final. Kate Thompson stepped up this game to lead the scoring with a hat trick and adding two assists to the score sheet. The M & M’s Maya Haines and Myah Walters both netted 2 apiece, while Kaia Rivard added a single during this exciting game. Assisting were Keira Rivard with two helpers, sister Keira added a single helper and Hastings, Newman and Abby Padbury all aided the scoring with assists.

Facing the same Pickering team Chatham lost to in the tournament opener, the Chatham Thunder girls went down by four goals at one point, but despite this they rallied back. Chatham took the lead in the back and forth contest, but were tied up going into the final minute.

With 15.3 seconds left on the clock, Kate Thompson rattled the goal post she had hit so many times this tournament, but this time the ring entered the net, sending the Chatham bench into a frenzy. Winning goaltender Addison Tope was mobbed at the sound of the buzzer. Scorers for the game were Kate Thompson with four, and singles by Kaia Rivard, Brooke Howe and Faith Koning. Assisting the scorers were Allison Newman, Maya Haines, Mallarie Badder, Keira Rivard, Jocelyn Hastings and Abby Padbury.

The Chatham Thunder U12 Petite ‘A’ team returned Sunday from the London Lynx Ringette tournament with silver medals.

Chatham Thunder Girls Ringette

Chatham Thunder U12 – Front row : Avery Haines
Second row : Shelby Ritzer, Chloe Crone, Elyse Fallon, Delaney George, Rosie Warner, Natasha Anderson
Third row : Kaitlyn Sammon, Hannah McLeod, Emilie Newman, Gloria Koning, Kylyn Murphy, Sophie Horban, Leah Thompson
Back row : Assistant coach John Thompson, Head coach Mike Crone, Assistant coach Shawn Newman – Contributed Photo

The Under-12 Provincial Petites finished with a 4-0 record in round-robin play, outscoring their opponents by a combined 26-6. Avery Haines was the winning goalie for each game.

The Thunder began pool play with an 8-1 win over Markham. Natasha Anderson had a hat trick and one assist. Kaitlyn Sammon scored two and assisted on three more. Leah Thompson, Hannah McLeod and Rosie Warner each chipped in one. Thompson and Shelby Ritzer each assisted on two goals. Chloe Crone, Gloria Koning, Sophie Horban, Delaney George, Elyse Fallon and Emilie Newman all assisted on one.

McLeod scored twice in a hard fought 4-3 win over Kitchener in Chatham’s second game of the day Friday. Thompson and Crone had singles with Newman, George and Fallon assisting on one a piece.

The Thunder continued the scoring streak with an impressive 11-1 win over St. Marys Saturday morning. Newman and Anderson each scored two and assisted on two more. Sammon scored twice and assisted on one. Kylyn Murphy, George, Koning, Thompson, Warner each scored assisted by Ritzer (2), Koning (2), Fallon (2), Murphy and Crone.

The final round-robin game saw Chatham easily defeat Guelph 6-1. Thompson, Ritzer, Anderson, George, McLeod and Sammon were the goal scorers. Crone (2), Newman, Anderson, Sammon, Murphy, McLeod and Warner assisted on the goals.

Natasha Anderson scored Chatham’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss to the Dorchester Dragons in the final. Kaitlyn Sammon and Delaney George assisted on the goal.

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