by Alex Butler
In their second game of the day, the Fraser Valley ringette team came back from an earlier loss to Thompson-Okanagan 2, and defeated Cariboo-North East.
Kate Liversidge, the team’s 14-year-old captain from Maple Ridge, said after the morning’s loss, the girls were ready to prove they could win.
Fraser Valley and Cariboo-North East squared off in the afternoon game on Friday at the Mastqui Recreation Centre in Abbotsford, with Fraser Valley starting off strong with three goals in the first three minutes of play.
“We did good,” said Liversidge, “it was one of our best games.”
The game started off fast with Fraser Valley scoring their first goal in the first minute of the game, and continuing their streak into the first half.
After five minutes, Cariboo-North East managed their first goal, slowing down Fraser Valley’s quick lead.
By the end of the first 20-minute half, the Fraser Valley girls slowed down but held strong, ending with a score of 6 to 1.
Two minutes into the second half, Fraser Valley managed another goal, but couldn’t keep up their earlier stamina.
With less than five minutes to go in the game and two Cariboo-North East players in the penalty box, the Fraser Valley girls tried to make the most of the power play, but failed to score.
Fraser Valley girls finished the game with a solid win, 7-1.
Liversidge said though the best the team can do in the overall competition is bronze, they are ready to play hard again like they did in their final Friday game.
“We were more intense,” she said. “We wanted to win more.”
The first round of ringette games on Friday whittled down the two pools of teams, moving some closer to the gold medal game on Sunday.
In Pool A, Thompson-Okanagan 2A beat Vancouver Squamish, winning 14-2.
In Pool B, Thompson-Okanagan took home the first win of the day, beating Fraser Valley 6-nothing.
Thompson River crushed North West, finishing with a score of 15-0.
The games continued with Cariboo-North East squaring off against North West, winning 11-1.
The Pool A and B games will continue Saturday morning to determine final standings.
In the afternoon, the fourth and third position teams will square off in the consolation games.
On Sunday, the morning starts with the bronze medal game, where second place from each pool will fight for a medal spot.
The top team from each pool will play for gold and silver before the medal presentations at 11:15 a.m.