U12 PP Win Silver in Provincial Tournament !! Updated - Lots of Pics, News (Markham Ringette)

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U12 PP Win Silver in Provincial Tournament !! Updated - Lots of Pics
Submitted By harleychow on Monday, March 6, 2017
Forest Ringette Association hosted the 2017 U12 Provincial Tournament March 2-5.

Forest ON is located in the surrounding areas of Sarnia.

The Opening Ceremonies was a wonderful‎ and fun event for the 29 teams participating in this year's Provincials.    The theme was 'Keepin' It Country' and every group brought their unique interpretation to the parade. U12PP Bears went as the 'Bears Country Band'  and wore pink plaid shirts with black cowboy hats, bandanas and handmade rope belts with lassos.  After the parade and welcome speeches, the girls enjoyed a line-dancing lesson at the Players Dance. 
Markham has played 3 of 5 round-robin games so far Thursday and Friday
Game #1 was against local GTA rivals Mississauga.   Bears started strong and took a 3-0 lead. Mustangs gained momentum and scored late in the 1st half.   The 2nd half remained scoreless on both sides thanks to some awesome defense leading to a Bears  3-1 win. 
Game #2 versus Nepean Ottawa promised to be an offensive battle as they have one of the leading goal scorers in the division. The teams traded goals back and forth up to a 3-3 tie. Then Markham broke it open and took a commanding lead while the defence did an incredible job holding back the sniper, frustrating her into 3 consecutive penalties.   Bears won 10-4. 
Game #3 is against City of Ottawa‎ (C) , a tough opponent in past tournaments.   The play started off slow and by the end of the 1st half it was only 1-0 for the Bears.   Both teams picked up the pace in the 2nd. It was a defensive battle until Markham score with 5 minutes left in the game to go up by 2.   An insurance goal by one of the stalwart defenceman made for 3-0 Bears victory and a well-deserved shut-out for our goalie.

After the promising start on Thursday / Friday with 3 wins under their belts, the Markham Bears had a rough Saturday:
Game #4 versus winless Pickering turned out to be full of highs and lows...Bears got down early 3-0.   They battled back to tie it but local rival Pickering won 4-3.

Game #5 was against Timmins, who had a grudge to hold against us as Markham had knocked them out of medal contention twice this season at tournaments.    Timmins came out strong and scored three quick goals. It was 4-0 before Markham could muster one goal in the 2nd.   The game ended with Markham loss of 4-1.  
The pressure was on for Sunday....U12PP Bears had to wait for another match to finally know they were in the semi-finals against the City of Ottawa.    

Semi-final game #6 began with a cool and collected Markham seriously focused....Bears went up 2-0 in the ‎1st half.   Then added one more in the 2nd to make it a 3-0 win and another shut-out for our goalie.   The City of Ottawa was winner of the most sportsmanlike team at the tournament and in a gesture of respect, the U12PP Bears made a bridge of sticks for them to pass under as they got their Bronze medal and left the ice.

Gold medal final game #7 was going to be a serious challenge after the loss that took place the day before when Timmins dominated the entire game.   Bears.   Things started positively with no scoring for the first 7 minutes ‎ until Timmins scored. Play went back and forth and Timmins was up 3-0 at the end of the first.   The momentum shifted a bit in 2nd half and Markham got one with 11 minutes left. Timmins had a rowdy crowd of fans, making a lot of noise.   However, they were quieted when Markham made it 3-2 and then a stunned silence took over when Bears tied it 3-3 with 5 minutes left. Markham pressed hard, pulled their goalie ‎and pelted a lot of shots with 4 in but the game ended 4-3.  ‎Markham took home a long-awaited Silver medal at the 2017 U12 Petite Provincials !!

Parents and Coaches alike were very proud of the players and the girls had an unforgettable  experience in Forest, Ontario.    

Many thanks to the entire 2016-2017  bench staff: coaches, assistants and trainers especially Head Coaches Trevor Hawksby and Les White for their mentoring and support throughout the year!   

Thank you Parents for your unwavering support of the team, players and bench staff on every request all season long - Congratulations ! 











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