U16 Chatham Thunder bring the noise in Ottawa

U16 Chatham Thunder. From left, Olivia Wilson, Kate Thompson, Emma Winkler, Brooke Howe, Mallarie Badder, Grace Norris, Lindsey Durocher, Lily Allado, Brianna Badder, Claire Forshee. Front row; Natalie Haggerty. (Photo courtesy of John Haggerty)

The U16 Chatham Thunder ringette team travelled to Ottawa this past weekend to play in the Gloucester Cumberland ringette tournament.

Another dominating performance gave them the gold medals in their bracket, making the long trip a little easier on the way home.

Game 1 was against the Beaconsfield/Kirkland team that had travelled from Quebec. It was 2-0 at the half and another five minutes went by in the second before the Thunder blew open the floodgates. Four goals in four minutes had the lead up to 6-0, resulting in the final score.

Kate Thompson had two goals and singles went to Lily Allado, Mallarie Badder, Grace Norris and Olivia Wilson. Brooke Howe had two assists, while Brianna Badder, Emma Winkler and Allado had one each.

Saturday afternoon, Chatham played the host team, the Gloucester Cumberland Devils. A 6-1 win put them in a firm spot for the final Sunday afternoon, but this one was the Brianna Badder show as she put up a hat trick and two assists for a five-point game. Norris had a goal and three helpers — Allado with a goal and two assists and Howe with one and one. 

Game 3 was Sunday morning and a date with the Nepean Ravens club. Another solid first half had the score 4-0 in favour of the Thunder. The teams sawed off the second half resulting in a 6-2 Chatham win.

A complete team effort as Allado, Howe, Thompson, Winkler, Wilson and Brianna Badder all scored. Helpers to Mallarie Badder, Lindsey Durocher, Norris, Allado, Thompson and Howe.

After the round-robin was over, it resulted in a final of Chatham and Nepean Sunday afternoon.

Sources say the Thunder ladies had a quick talk in the changeroom before the game. The topic? They didn’t travel all the way to Ottawa to lose in the final. An overwhelming first half took them to a 7-0 lead as they pressured the Ravens into turnover after turnover.  A similar second half netted Chatham three more resulting in a 10-0 win for gold.

Howe, Thompson and Allado had two goals apiece. Durocher, Norris, Wilson and Brianna Badder scored one each. Durocher and Brianna each had three assists, while Claire Forshee, Howe and Thompson had two apiece. Emma Winkler had a single and in a rare occurrence, goalie Natalie Haggerty was also credited with an assist.

Haggerty was stellar in net the whole tournament. She allowed only three goals over the four games. 

The Thunder have now won tournaments in London, St. Marys and Ottawa. Their league record is 13-0-1 for the year.

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