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U16 Edge take bronze

 Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe

The Lacombe Edge U16 rebounded in the final game of provincials to bring home bronze. (Photo supplied)

The Lacombe Edge U16 rebounded in the final game of provincials to bring home bronze. (Photo supplied)

The Lacombe Edge U16 ringette team fell short of provincial gold in St. Albert last weekend, but rebounded to bring home bronze.

The team completed the round robin portion of the tournament undefeated, and won their crossover game. However, heartbreak struck in the semifinals as they lost in double overtime.

Head Coach Jacqui Hutchison said although the end result wasn’t the colour the team wanted, there wasn’t much they could’ve done to have come out of the semifinal with a win.

“They played well - they did everything they were supposed to as a team,” she said, noting they were up 5-4 with just a minute left to go. “Sometimes it just comes down to bad luck, or missed opportunity and the other team came out on top. I don’t know that there was anything they could’ve or should’ve done differently in that semifinal game.”

The loss marked just their second of the entire season. The team went 17-1 during the regular season, won gold at both tournaments they played in, as well as the Black Gold League championship.

Hutchison said there were a few “frowny” faces in the dressing room following the loss, but the team rallied back in the bronze medal game to win 6-1 over NW Calgary, and their smiles returned.

“These girls, all they know how to do is play with heart and do their best on every shift,” she said. “They came together as a team, supported each other and came out with provincial bronze. It’s quite the achievement.”

Their success this season largely stemmed from their camaraderie, as well as experience as a team. Moreso, however, it came from their commitment.

“They were committed to practices, committed to this team,” said Hutchison. “They showed up when they were supposed to show up with the right attitude and that makes all the difference.”

Looking ahead to next year’s team, the hope is that they’ll have similar success. While some are likely not to continue playing ringette, Hutchison says she’s hopeful and confident that many will return and they can build on this year’s success next year.

This weekend, the U14 team will head to provincials in Sherwood Park. On Friday, they’ll face the Lethbridge Hericanes at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Hussar Fireworks at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday, they’ll play the Strathmore Ice at 8 a.m. before moving into playoff rounds.


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